Blow Dry Movie Review

Hmmm, what's this movie with Josh Hartnett and Rachael Leigh Cook on the cover? Must be some nutty teen comedy, right?

Well, with one cancer diagnosis and one death in the first 15 minutes, Blow Dry is hardly the feel-good romance you'd expect. Strikingly similar to The Big Tease, Blow Dry tells the story of a haircutting competition that descends on a small town in Britain. Celebrities (well, celebrity stylists) from around England arrive to compete, and the local boys get into the act as well. But while the drama unfolds with models and shears, another drama takes place among the locals -- largely involving various romances and a singular cancer victim.

Filled with some good actors -- Alan Rickman, Natasha Richardson, Rachel Griffiths -- and some okay ones -- Hartnett and Cook -- I was expecting a lot more from Blow Dry. Alas, the material just isn't up to par, leaving the real Brits flailing for inspiration and the American posers sporting some of the worst phony British accents ever: Cook doesn't even try in most of her scenes. [Note: A faithful reader writes to tell me that Cook's character isn't supposed to be British, she's American. He also suggests I watch the film again to see for myself... a prospect which sounds to awful to bear.]

The hairstyles are alternately lovely and laughable, as is the sentiment in the film as a whole. It's an okay time made tolerable largely by Warren Clarke's semi-smarmy and overtly proud mayor.

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CATHY HOOSIER

I DON'T UNDERSTAND ALL THE FUSS ABOUT BLOW DRY. IT WAS PURE ENTERTAINMENT AND THAT'S ALL IT WAS MEANT TO BE. DON'T GET CAUGHT UP IN HOW AUTHENTIC THE ACCENTS ARE...PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT IS SAID. PAY ATTENTION TO THE STORY LINE. WHICH I THOUGHT WAS GOOD. THE STORY WAS MEANT TO MAKE YOU THINK A LITTLE ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS. PAST LOVES AND NEW ONES. CH

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lionwite

Chris Null lives up or down to his name - when a critic cannot even tell that one of the top billed characters is playing a yank and not a brit, he obviously needs to concentrate on the job at hand, that is, criticize positively and put his cell phone in "call you back" mode. Obviously, something else distracted our intrepid reviewer and he phoned in this review - if you worked for my paper, it'd be"send the sod to cover the garbagemen's strike".This is a delightful comedy with a good cast - even Josh Hartnett, who I usually find wooden in his delivery, manages to bring a "gosh, gee whiz" youthful quality to Brian character despite the uneven accent, although I must say that I spotted a Yorkshire accent at the film's beginning. Between Alan Rickman, Natasha Richardson, Rachael Griffiths and Bill Nighy we have an excellent crew to get this peek at the goings on at the Hairdressers competitions. Had this movie been made in the US, I would probably have passed on it but when I saw the actors involved, my curiosity was piqued and I'm glad I watched it. Warren Clarke does a great turn as the lord mayor of the town who morphs into the consumate emcee by the close of the competition. I also loved the small very supportive role that Rosemary Harris has as Daisy,- way to go Aunt May.The blend of comedy and emotional drama with one of them dying of cancer lent a poignant edge to the tale. Well luv, tirah and enjoy!Lots of laughs and a few tears.

6 years 3 months ago
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Blow Dry Rating

" Grim "

Rating: R, 2001

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