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Blow Dry (2001)

In 2000, a small town hosts The British Hairdressing Championship, where a former 2-time winner, his son, his run-away wife and his runaway wife's lady lover reside (not all on speaking terms).

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Cast

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Shelley Allen
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Sandra
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Christina Robertson
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Brian Allen
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Ray (Raymond) Robertson
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Tony
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Daisy
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Margaret, Farmer's Wife (as Anne Rye)
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The annual British Hairdressing Championship comes to Keighley, a town where Phil and son Brian run a barbershop, and where Phil's ex-wife Shelly and her lover Sandra run a beauty salon, yet Phil and Shelly haven't talked in the ten years since she bolted. Shelley's just found out her cancer is terminal, and Ray Roberts, the reigning underhanded hairdressing champion, blows into town taunting Phil for retreating from competitive styling into barbering. Roberts also brings his daughter, Christina, who remembers Brian from when she was a little kid (as does he her). Everything's set: Brian decides to enter the competition with his mom and Sandra. Will Phil join in? Ray wants to win at any costs. Will Christina go along? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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An outrageous new comedy for anyone who's ever had hair. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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30 March 2001 (UK)  »

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Coup de peigne  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$240,166 (USA) (11 March 2001)

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$637,769 (USA) (8 April 2001)
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At one point in the movie, Ray tells Christina that she isn't in Minneapolis anymore. Rachael Leigh Cook, who plays Christina, is a native of Minneapolis. See more »

Goofs

When Tony is first being shown the flip board (bought from Leeds Train Station) that lists all of the salons, The Cut Above is listed among the other salons, even though they had not even registered to compete at that point. See more »

Quotes

Daisy: I don't have many tomorrows, do I?
Shelley Allen: In case you've forgotten, neither do I, you selfish old bat!
Daisy: That's the spirit.
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References Chacun pour toi (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Morning Starshine
Written by Galt MacDermot / James Rado / Gerome Ragni
Published by EMI United Partnership Ltd
Performed by Roger Whittaker
Courtesy of BMG International US
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Hair Today . . .
23 August 2005 | by (Portland, Maine) – See all my reviews

Despite a lot of Big Hair, this is not a big movie. Nonetheless, it is an enjoyable romp, with some affecting performances. There is nothing revelatory or even unpredictable about the story, but it works nicely and certainly entertains. The film does have a few rich moments, but seems mostly a vehicle for a group of talented actors (and it is a highly pedigreed bunch here) to take decent material and put out a fun and sometimes very moving film.

While it may drag a little in the center, don't give up watching for the finale and Rachel Griffiths "total look" finish that is about as outrageous and breathtaking a "total look" as one can possibly imagine. The normally brilliant Alan Rickman here sometimes feels just a little bit on autopilot, American Josh Hartnett is vastly underused, but surprisingly effective in an important role and Natasha Richardson, as ever, positively glows on the screen and raises the emotional and dramatic stakes to a level that makes the whole affair worthwhile.

Not great? Perhaps, but an immensely enjoyable little movie.


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