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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).

Director:

Paddy Breathnach

Writer:

Simon Beaufoy

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Rickman ... Phil Allen
Natasha Richardson ... Shelley Allen
Rachel Griffiths ... Sandra
Rachael Leigh Cook ... Christina Robertson
Josh Hartnett ... Brian Allen
Bill Nighy ... Ray (Raymond) Robertson
Warren Clarke ... Tony
Rosemary Harris ... Daisy
Hugh Bonneville ... Louis
Heidi Klum ... Jasmine
Peter McDonald ... Vincent
Michael McElhatton ... Robert
David Bradley ... Noah
Ben Crompton ... Saul
Ann Rye Ann Rye ... Margaret, Farmer's Wife (as Anne Rye)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA | UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Coup de peigne See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$240,166, 11 March 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$637,769, 8 April 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Phil Allen: One of the nastiest double crowns I've ever had the misfortune to tackle.
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Great comedic film and Rickman at his best
14 December 2006 | by savingedmundSee all my reviews

Alan Rickman is wonderful in this movie. In many of his more well-known films, he is required to be obvious with his brooding nature. This film is much more subtle, and Rickman pulls off an incredibly believable character and demonstrates a range that we rarely see from him. Rachael Leigh Cook is highly underused. She needed to have been given more prodding from the director to bring her true acting talents out (her hair is also atrocious for a movie supposedly about "hair"). Cook often has great chemistry with actors, but her relationship with Hartnett falls a bit flat. The other actors (especially Natasha Richardson) do extremely well. The plot is wonderfully simple. The "competition" arch is played out very well without feeling as though we have seen this before. The romantic triangle is great, and the relationship between Sandra and Shelley (Grffiths and Richardson) is sweet. The homosexual element is understated and is never politicized. The comedy is subtle and occasionally hilarious, but the drama is the true reason to see this film.


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