Blow Dry (2001)
Two beauty salons in the small English town of Keighley are locked in a heated rivalry over the National Hairdressing Championships. Local hairdresser Phil was once the golden boy of the competition until his wife and model Shelly left him and their son Brian to set up shop with her lover Sandra. Retired from the scene, Phil wants nothing to do with all the excitement surrounding the beautiful and stylish crowd that has flocked to the town. However, as the preparations for the big event begin to unfold, it becomes clear that the out-of-towners aren't playing by the rules, so rivals Phil, Shelly and Sandra must put aside their differences and team up to put their town back on the map and their family back on track. … More
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Critic Reviews for Blow Dry
A large ensemble of talented British actors is wasted in this disappointing comedy by Simon Beaufoy, the scribe of the Full Monty.
The whole enterprise is awash in a combined farcical obviousness and drippy sentimentality to induce more audience groans than laughs.
In the end it may be nothing but hot air, but like a warming gust of conditioned wind after that cold morning shower, Blow Dry feels good (enough).
Shows a hairdresser and his wife learning how to be a family in a new way at the National Hair Championships.
The half-hearted release mirrors the efforts put in by nearly everyone involved.
The script by Simon Beaufoy of The Full Monty fame is far more soapy than bubbly as it concentrates on extended family entanglements and allows its comic potential to be bleached out by a ponderous mawkish streak.
Marred by mixing a supposedly touching and tragic family story with a half-blown, numbly campy send-up of the world of hair, Blow Dry just doesn't jibe.
Blow Dry is enjoyable in a low-key way, but it's far from an unqualified hit, and lacks the infectious energy of Beaufoy's earlier effort.
Blow Dry has some wonderful moments, but the laughs are thin and the serious bits skid into melodrama.
By the end of this dispirited piece of regurgitated Full Monty NutraSweet, you'll wish someone were pointing a nail gun at your head instead.
For all of its attempts at fluffing up this could-be-cute tale, Blow Dry lays flat -- padded down by subplots about broken marriages, struggles with cancer and an unnecessary Romeo-and-Juliet story.
This comedy is like the worst kind of hair: limp, unattractive, dull, full of split ends and needlessly dirty.
What Blow Dry needs, though, is less connect-the-dots and a little more of the waywardness that Warren Clarke's mayor-turned-emcee manages to wring from his limited assignment.
Audience Reviews for Blow Dry
an entertaining enough movie, thats funny, enjoyable , and a good enough storyline thats bound to make you love this movie!
the yorkshire accent is kinda annoying but bearable with bill nighy and alan rickaman making the film that much more enjoyable to be honest! a good enough movie that doesnt offer much but still worth the watch, not my favourite alan rickman movie but it'll do!!
Another one of those movies where I was expecting a comedy based on the previews. It almost made me cry a few times! And Josh Harnett's British accent was kinda terrible, he should stick with drama. It was pretty ridiculous though and a fun movie.More
So it's a comedy about hairdressing. In truth, the hairdressing provides little more than colour commentary (pun intended), because it's the relationships that take first stage, and they take it really well. Alan Rickman is good, sincere and has depth, Josh Hartnett has an okay delivery ruined by his trying-too-hard faux Yorkshire accent, and Bill Nighy is Bill Nighy, you'll always get a few laughs from him, but the real stars are Rachel Griffiths and Natasha Richardson. Griffiths, in particular, is splendid, going from funny to poignantly hurt to deep, deep love without skipping a beat. Richardson also makes a strong impression, and you can feel the pain in her as the film goes. Oh well... It's a fun film, but it's also a good film.More
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