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Shampoo (1975)

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 5

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A frankly adult comedy about the sex lives of the aimless and the rich, Shampoo is also a pointed commentary on the demise of 1960s idealism at the dawn of the Nixon era. It is Election Day, 1968, and randy Beverly Hills hairdresser George Roundy (Warren Beatty) is too worried about attending to all of his women's tonsorial and sexual needs, while trying to swing a bank loan to fund his own salon, to notice the fateful Presidential race. As George juggles the demands of girlfriend Jill (Goldie

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Classics, Comedy

Robert Towne

Jan 21, 2003

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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There's a self-awareness to Shampoo that gives the movie a cleansing sadness and, oddly, makes Beatty an affectingly amoral roue.

April 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Shampoo, made in 1975 but set in 1968, the night before Richard Nixon's election to the presidency, was directed by Hal Ashby and written by Robert Towne and Warren Beatty, who may have produced one of the best scripts in the last three decades.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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All the excellent creative components do not add up to a whole.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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The laughs are tempered by bleakness and the film ends up saddened by its characters' waywardness.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Disappointment comes in all weights and flavors, but the brand that's generated by Hal Ashby's Shampoo is a bit harder to swallow than some.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Shampoo never quite connects its images of national mediocrity and personal self-deception.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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An immensely-successful film whose vein of strong black humour disguises its criticisms of American morals and society.

April 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Once you leave the theater, you become hard-pressed to remember much about this film.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

I didn't care much for the trim this satire on a girl crazy Beverly Hills hairdresser gave me.

July 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Kitsch, stylish and a little on the empty side, Shampoo is mirror image of the decade that spawned it.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Beatty mercilessly lampoons his own offscreen image in a bumptious comedy of manners that turns persuasively sombre at the end.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Star-producer Warren Beatty takes a stereotypically gay character, a glamorous hairdresser, and turns it into a womanizer in Beverly Hills, which is sort of Our Town, suburbia as small-town America, only four decades later.

September 30, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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The jokes and characters are archetypes of America's most ridiculous era, which makes Shampoo serve better as a historical record than a timeless comedy.

October 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A lacerating portrait of an emotionally empty hairdresser and the multitudinous female company he keeps.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Doesn't stand the test of time.

January 27, 2003 Full Review

A carefully-directed classic.

January 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

It's a bit slow by today's standards; it doesn't hold up.

August 5, 2002
Fantastica Daily

There's a deep, soulful confusion here that isn't careless with frivolity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

It's rare for a Hollywood film to have a single decent part for a woman: four great ones is unheard of. And all the female leads are spectacular, giving performances on par with the best of their careers.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
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Audience Reviews for Shampoo

Pouffy little sex comedy aspires to be something more. Beatty is funny in his self-absorbed confusion. Actually everone is. Julie Christie is spot on as the kept woman - but the other characters are not as well written.

Shampoo is the Paul's Boutique of soundtracks - no way you could get all those great tunes in one movie today.

Trivia: Beatty's character loosely based on Hollywood stylist Jay Sebring who was killed in the Manson murders. Lee Grant somehow bagged a best supporting actress Oscar for her performance. Fourth highest grossing film of 1975.

Geeks: Carrie Fisher with baby fat and a potty mouth. But no action-figures!
July 23, 2007
brooklynspo

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Taking place on the eve of Richard Nixon's taking of the presidency, but released in the aftermath of Watergate, this film provides a nice commentary about the Nixon years, made more potent by the fact that the audience (but not the characters) are aware of how things would turn out with Nixon.

This isn't a film about presidential politics though. Rather, it is about sexual ploitics. I just mentioned all of the above since the film places things within a certain context, which also gives more weight and depth to the satire it is presenting about what was going on at the time. SImply put, if one wanted a historically rooted film that commented on the sexual revolution, this would be one to watch.

Warren Beatty plays George- a successful hairdresser on the verge of financial ruin who gets in way over his head when the man who might loan him some money just happens to be with an ex of his, as well as the father and husband of two other woman (among others) that he is sleeping around with. This makes for both some fun satirical laughs, as well as some poignant drama that ties in with the death of 60s idealism and the terrible hangover that hits when the party ends.

Robert Towne (who also wrote Chinatown) penned the script, and apparently Beatty had a hand of some sort in the writing process as well. Hal Ashby directs, and it is one of several 1970s masterpieces he was responsible for helming. I really like that guy, and it is good to see thast others are starting to feel the same way (on a broader scale).

Beatty and the rest of the cast (including a young Carrie FIsher) are all excellent, and somehow, we actually sympathize with some of these characters, and kind of care for them, even if we really shouldn't. Give this one a watch. It's a great film with a strong ending, and a great look at the times it both portrays and came about during.
June 20, 2011
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Although there are a lot of outrageous scenes, they aren't as funny as they think they are. The story isn't all that interesting either, but it does have a good cast.
January 2, 2011
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

A great film. The more and more I see his films, Hal Ashby is becoming one of my favorite directors. This is another example of how great of a director he is. Of course, Warren Beatty is basically playing himself as a hairstylist and giving him an excuse to bang Julie Christie (how amazing does she look in this film) on screen and in front of a crew. The best performances to me were Goldie Hawn and Jack Warden who steals the show. Beautiful cinematography, great writing, and a great cast. It's a shame to watch these movies and know that it may never be like that decade of greatness ever again.
March 8, 2010
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