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

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$637,769 (USA) (6 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

While the male audience members are lined up taking discs for the Men's Freestyle, it is first shown that the real model for Raymond's Hair Studio is number two in line right behind Hair Montage's volunteer. The camera cuts away from the line and we hear seven more models being called (including Raymond's "plant" who goes to the Style Warriors) before this man is called and directed to Raymond's Hair Studio. See more »

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Phil Allen: A beauty is that, Shelley. A beauty.
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Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend
Written by Jule Styne / Leo Robin
Published by Dorsey Brothers Music Ltd
Performed by Rachel Griffiths
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Rachael Leigh Cook and Josh Hartnett are Brits??
1 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

The annual British Hairdressing Championship comes to the town of Keighley. Phil (Alan Rickman) and her son Brian (Josh Hartnett) run a barbershop. His ex-wife Shelly (Natasha Richardson) and her lesbian partner Sandra (Rachel Griffiths) run a beauty salon. Defending champion Raymond Robertson (Bill Nighy) dissuades Phil from competing. Brian is taken with Raymond's daughter Christina (Rachael Leigh Cook) and joins Shelly who secretly has terminal cancer.

This is a British satire. Everybody is playing it up as wacky hairdressing. There are some great Brits but Rachael Leigh Cook and Josh Hartnett stick out as sore thumbs. They are obviously trying to get some buzz going with a couple of hot young Americans. The problem is that I just can't get over these two youngsters trying for a British accent. Sadly, it's unnecessarily distracting. Whereas the story itself is amusing at times. I didn't have any big laughs. It's more cute than funny.


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