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The Big Tease (1999)

R | | Comedy | 28 January 2000 (USA)
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Flamboyant Glasgow hairdresser, Crawford Mackinzie, gets a letter from the World Hairdresser International Federation inviting him to its prestigious annual contest in L.A. Filmmaker Martin... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Ferguson ... Crawford Mackenzie
Chris Langham ... BBC Interviewer
David Rasche ... Stig
Frances Fisher ... Candy
Mary McCormack ... Monique
Donal Logue ... Eamonn
Isabella Aitken Isabella Aitken ... Mrs. Beasie Mackenzie
Kevin Allen ... Gareth Trundle
Angela McCluskey ... Senga Magoogan
Francine York ... Elegant Woman
David Hasselhoff ... David Hasselhoff
Drew Carey ... Drew Carey
Cathy Lee Crosby ... Cathy Lee Crosby
Caitlyn Jenner ... Bruce Jenner (as Bruce Jenner)
Nina Siemaszko ... Betty Fuego
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Flamboyant Glasgow hairdresser, Crawford Mackinzie, gets a letter from the World Hairdresser International Federation inviting him to its prestigious annual contest in L.A. Filmmaker Martin Samuels is making a fly-on-the-wall documentary about Crawford; he and the crew go too. After maxing out his credit card at the Century Plaza Hotel, Crawford discovers he's been invited to participate in the audience, not the contest; he tries every angle imaginable to get in the competition: he phones fellow Scot Sean Connery, he gets a union card, he asks the reigning champion for help, and he connects with Connery's publicist, who's having a bad hair day. Will he succeed, for the little people? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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He saw. He combed. He conquered.

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Comedy

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Warner Bros

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Je M'Appelle Crawford See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,010, 30 January 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$185,577, 2 April 2000
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1.85 : 1
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The working title for the film (Je M'Appelle Crawford) was rejected by Warner Bros because they doubted it would receive high audience appeal with a French title. See more »

Goofs

Crawford rents a car that was apparently stolen from a Korean cook named Chokko. When Crawford visits Chokko's house, the camera pans and reveals a sign above the doorway on the ground floor displaying what seems to be 'Asian' characters. However, it's neither Korean nor any other Asian language. The characters are entirely fictitious. See more »

Quotes

Crawford Mackenzie: [Crawford is showing off a new outfit] Just something I threw together. I call it... Braveheart meets Liberace-Bravache!
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References Baywatch (1989) See more »

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Out In The Streets
Written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich
Performed by Blondie
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Amusing mockumentary with absurd humour
24 January 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

The documentary filmmaker Martin Samuels joins Scottish hairdresser Crawford Mackenzie as he sets out for LA to take part in the Platinum Scissors Hairdressing competition. On arrival he runs up a large hotel bill before discovering that his `invitation' is not to compete but to attend in the audience. Out of his hotel and out of money, Crawford tries to get into the competition and wins over the trend setters of Beverly Hills and, with a little bit of luck and deceit tries to work his way into the contest

I had never heard of this film prior to it's TV premier in the UK, I imagine it's the same with a lot of people – it's a British comedy but it never managed to get the same high profile as more notable successes. However this is not to take from this film as it is pretty funny and gently amusing. The plot is nonsense but I think that is the point – it's is increasingly absurd – just like the actual competition and Hollywood lifestyle that Crawford finds himself thrust into. The comedy is rarely hilarious but it is consistently funny nonetheless – being more amusing than rip-roaring. The sheer wit and energy of the film manages to carry it over the odd dry spell.

Ferguson is suitably flaming as Crawford and is sweetly naïve for the most part. Langham is very dry as Samuels and I wanted him to have more screen time than he did – many other mock-documentaries have successfully made much better use of the dry humour of the interviewer. The support cast are good on the whole and don't mind making fun of themselves. Rasche is good as the two-faced Stig. While comedy cameos from Drew Carey and David Hasselhoff work well. Miller is always value for money and is good in his brief scene.

Overall this is a nice short little comedy that is lively and absurd. It is rarely hilarious but you'll watch it with a consistent smile on your face. Perfect if you're in a silly mood and looking for something with a bit of fizz.


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