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!
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.
Oh, woe is me.
Despite its "AFI Laughs" award, there's actually very little comedy to be found in this supposedly satiric look at 1970s hairdresser Beatty mindlessly and unethically romping his way through "60s/70s free love" from one lady to another, married and single, even a mother and daughter (a very young Carrie Fisher).
Perhaps it was supposed to be humorous in that the male characters are so shallow. However shallow does not automatically equal funny.
This film, at some sort of symbolic level, is attempting to document the end of that period of American culture, where people such as Beatty discovered just how shallow and incomplete such a life could be.
It also documents the end of the real life Beatty/Christie affair - and their emotional distance plays right into their characters.
Warden as Christie's sugar daddy plays flat. The same can be said of Goldie Hawn as Beatty's two-timed, ur, many-timed, girlfriend.
Only recommended to viewers hankering to see Christie at her best.
The playboy hairdresser in Beverly Hills. It sounded better than it is.