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Blow Dry (2001)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Shelley Allen
Christina Robertson
Brian Allen
Ray (Raymond) Robertson
Ann Rye ...
Margaret, Farmer's Wife (as Anne Rye)


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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Love Is In The Hair See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and brief nudity | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

30 March 2001 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Coup de peigne  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$240,166 (USA) (9 March 2001)


$637,769 (USA) (6 April 2001)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Brian Allen: Pretty spooky, that.
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References Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) See more »


Move Over Madonna
Written by Troy Seals / Craig Wiseman
Published by Rondor Music London Ltd
Performed by The Highliners (p) 1993
Licensed courtesy of Capitol Records Inc.
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You'll laugh and cry
5 August 2002 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

My wife had me convinced for a long time that I had seen this movie, but last night after I had searched for over 40 min for something to rent I took the risk and rented this movie. And of course I was right – I hadn't seen it! This is not a film one will forget having seen. As so often before the British are the strongest in character building, with every role filled with good actors and every detail and dialog driven to perfection. You might say that the story line is predictable, not to mention if you see "the making of" beforehand, which more or less tells you every detail of the story! Blow dry is one of these beautiful films that make you laugh and cry at the same time. You disappear into the film, becoming one with the characters and their lives. It has similarities to Brassed Off, both in scenery and storyline, but manages to stay original and unique. I loved it 9/10

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