Shampoo

1975, Comedy, 1h 52m

37 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Shampoo trains a darkly comic lens on post-Nixon America, aiming at -- and often hitting -- an array of timely targets. Read critic reviews

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Against the backdrop of Nixon's election to office, Beverly Hills hairdresser and notorious rake George Roundy (Warren Beatty) runs into trouble when his lascivious habits begin to clash with his more responsible business ambitions. Things get even more complex when Roundy asks his wealthy mistress, Felicia Karpf (Lee Grant), for a business loan, unaware that his best friend and ex-girlfriend, Jackie (Julie Christie), is sleeping with Karpf's husband, Lester (Jack Warden).

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  • May 14, 2021
    Just because one happens to be clueless doesn't mean one still isn't a human. A cast of characters in moneyed circles gravitate around a hairdressing parlor in Beverly Hills, sucking desperately on their empty lives for meaning, for connection, and worried mainly about looking good: "do I look good?" They are not crocodiles, not cockroaches, or vermin, but simply human and kind of sad. A wonder of a work in that it finds their desperate humanity with a modicum of grace, everyone grasping, grasping, grasping, and glad to come away with anything, even if it's only that they looked good in the process.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2016
    Sort of an anti-nostalgia piece . . . trading romantic notions about the late 60s for icy cynicism and shallow characters. Which represents a rarely seen perspective about that decade.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2010
    A 'classic' of the 70's this hasn't really aged well and the whole thing moved along at a turgid pace. All the cast are great and the characters are interesting but this isn't really a comedy (although it's billed as such) and the downbeat ending supports that. My wife asked when it was going to start halfway through this and I see what she means. Another classic to tick off my list but I don't think I'll be revisiting it.
    David S Super Reviewer

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