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Blow Dry (2001)

Alan Rickman , Natasha Richardson , Paddy Breathnach  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alan Rickman, Natasha Richardson, Rachel Griffiths, Rachael Leigh Cook, Josh Hartnett
  • Directors: Paddy Breathnach
  • Writers: Simon Beaufoy
  • Producers: Chris Sievernich, DTeflon, David Brown, David Rubin, Guy East
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2001
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005K3OR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,333 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blow Dry" on IMDb

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Starring Rachael Leigh Cook (SHE'S ALL THAT), Josh Hartnett (PEARL HARBOR), and Alan Rickman (GALAXY QUEST) in a great ensemble cast -- the Academy Award(R)- nominated writer of THE FULL MONTY has crafted a hilarious story about the things everyone wants in life: love, happiness, and great hair! As the National Hair Championships descend upon a small town in England, the country's top stylists aren't expecting much from the local talent. But they didn't count on Phil Allen (Rickman), the retired golden boy of the competition circuit, entering the fray! Also starring Natasha Richardson (THE PARENT TRAP), Rachel Griffiths (MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING), and supermodel Heidi Klum -- laugh along as the locals dazzle the out-of-towners with some hair dos ... and don'ts.

Despite a gifted Anglo-American cast, Blow Dry strikes an uneasy balance between sentiment and camp. It aims for the same sort of high-wire act that Strictly Ballroom and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert pulled off so effortlessly, but melodrama wins the day. The comic moments are suitably over-the-top (as expected in a film about dueling hairdressers), but rarely as amusing as intended. The relationships between barbershop owner Phil (Alan Rickman), ex-wife Shelley (Natasha Richardson), and Sandra (Rachel Griffiths), "the other woman," could be more fully developed but are affecting nonetheless.

The setting is West Yorkshire. The event that brings them together is the British National Hairdressing Championships. Phil initially resists the urge to compete as it reminds him of the success he and Shelley once enjoyed, but his son Brian (Pearl Harbor's Josh Hartnett) convinces him to give it a go.

Hartnett and Rachael Leigh Cook (She's All That), as the daughter of Phil's old nemesis, seem like peculiar casting choices for a British film, but Hartnett's accent is passable (Cook plays an American) and they don't embarrass themselves as much as supermodel Heidi Klum, who plays a tacky, two-timing hair model. The screenplay is by Simon Beaufoy of Full Monty fame. Although not up to that standard--and certainly no match for Shampoo (the greatest hairdressing movie of all time)--Blow Dry is still a good showcase for the talents of its three leads. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the U.S. cover box (as usual) & it's a treat December 20, 2003
I recently saw Richard Curtis' wonderful 'Love Actually' and - having been bowled over once again by the bountiful comic talents of Bill Nighy and great work of the sloe-eyed, laconic Alan Rickman - wondered where to turn next to enjoy the work of these two fine actors.
The answer: "Blow Dry." Rickman and Nighy are fabulous as long-time rival hairdresser competitors in this campy but touching tale that tries very hard to get that unique "Strictly Ballroom" feel and camp/pathos/triumph balance. It falls just short of that, but it's a real treat nevertheless.
Unfortunately, judging from the irksome U.S. coverbox you'd never guess this was such a touching, well-written and intelligently humorous movie with a *very* talented cast - Nighy, Rickman, Natasha Richardson (!), Rachel Griffiths (!!). Now, that's an honor roll. With all that going for it, why, why, why do we get force-fed a marketing campaign featuring Josh Harnett and Rachael Leigh Cook? Harnett is quite good here, actually, pulling off a British accent with aplomb. But poor Cook is placed into a no-win situation as the supposed Minneapolis-based daughter of hairdresser Nighy. It seems force-fed into the movie...she's totally boxed in here and can't fight her way out.
I ignored this movie for two years because of bad marketing. How many others are going to miss out for the same reason? I knew Nighy (possibly my favorite actor) was involved, but felt like I was going to have to sit through a Harnett/Cook "She's All That" clone. I had to have a friend tell me otherwise. Turns out, nothing could be further from the truth. This is a great little film you need to check out as soon as possible.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blow Dry: It's Not Just About Hair November 17, 2004
Alan Rickman is fantastic in any role he takes on. In his role as a divorced hair stylist, who is still in love with his ex-wife who is a lesbian, Alan continues to amaze the audience with his multi-faceted talent. He touches your heart with humor, love, angered emotion and a yearning for what he knows he can't have; his wife. In the midst of it all is a plot that is both comical and tragic. This film had me watching it again and again and again. If you love Alan Rickman, you will love this movie as well.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT CAST BUT SOMEWHAT TEPID MOVIE... October 21, 2001
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This is a movie about a family divided, who are brought together at a crossroad in their lives by a hairdressing championship being held in their small town. The family, comprised of Alan Rickman and his grown son, played by Joshua Harnett, run the town barber shop and are estranged from their former wife and mother, played by Natasha Richardson. The estrangement came about ten years previously, when she ran off with their hairdressing model, played by Rachel Griffiths, a woman with whom she still maintains a loving, romantic relationship and openly lives with as a couple. Rickman, feeling that he had not only been betrayed but made a laughingstock, has not forgiven her.
Unbeknownst to them all, Natasha is going to die, as she has lost the war with the cancer that she has been battling. When she discovers that the big hairdressing competition is coming to their town, she hopes for a last bit of glory and familial reconciliation. You see, when she ran off with Rachel Griffiths ten years prior, she did so on the eve of the hairdressing competition that they were all favored to win. Obviously, her actions squelched that prospect at the time. She hopes to make things right, now that the end is near.
She finally persuades them with much difficulty to enter the competition, where Rickman encounters his old nemesis. Then, the bag of tricks begin to fly, all of which were done much better in the movie "The Big Tease". The movie has a little difficulty deciding whether to play it for laughs or for pathos. Ultimately, pathos wins, but not without the movie having suffered from some indecision on this front. Still, Rickman, Richardson, and Griffiths are wonderful, as always, and the movie does have its worthwhile moments. It is a moderately enjoyable, though predictable, film of a family finally brought together in time of crisis. If it is a hairdressing competition film that you want, view "The Big Tease" instead.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more than an excellent film! July 20, 2001
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for anyone who enjoyed "The Full Monty," you will most certainly enjoy this newest spectacle from the same writer. however, instead of setting his sights on male strippers, he has gone after the hairdressing industry with a film that is beyond hilarious! when i saw it in the theater, the entire audience, which was primarily above the age of 50, was rolling in the aisles. to a twenty-year-old person, the sight of 100 conservative geriatric citizens laughing so hard they cried at a movie, says a lot about the humor factor of a film. my cheeks were aching too by the time we left. the plot is based upon the premise that the British Hair Championships are underway in a small town, home of a retired competitor (Alan Rickman). his son, played by Josh Hartnett, wishes to enter the competition, as well as the ex-wife and her lesbian partner and all of them eventually get sucked into the drama. the hairstyles are amazingly complex, hideous, and breathtaking and the people are such unusual characters that you can't help but love them all, even the most obnoxious ones! if you're in the mood to see a movie that is completely ridiculous and will blow your socks off, this is the one to see!
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2.0 out of 5 stars love the actors except for the young lady in the ...
love the actors except for the young lady in the poster (ugh so painful when she is onscreen), but the script is not enough.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kattai
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie
I love this movie and could watch it over and over. With such a wonderful line-up of actors how could it fail to be a great movie?
Published 1 month ago by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
perfect loved it! worth every penny
Published 2 months ago by THE MC
4.0 out of 5 stars A Brit Gem
A gem of a movie. 2 of my favorite actors, Alan Rickman and Bill Nighy, not to mention the late and very gorgeous Natasha Richardson in a very funny movie about a UK national... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ron in Western Maryland
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So glad I finally found it and at a decent price.
Published 3 months ago by Tiffany
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really like British comedy, and this was no exception. It is a fun, sweet movie.
Published 3 months ago by Georgia Champion
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Ensemble Cast
A Wonderful Ensemble Cast delivers a funny and touching story. Alan Rickman, et. al. are wonderful and Josh Harnett is totally believable as a young Brit. Delightful. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ramona
5.0 out of 5 stars fun and touching
Fun and touching. This is a good watch when you want something a bit off-beat. Well acted by all cast members
Published 4 months ago by BLGreen
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hidden Treasure
Alan Rickman as you have never seen him before, not a villain or tough guy and the rest of the cast is remarkable. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Megann Zeigler
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good Movie
My mom had been hounding me for months to watch this movie with her; she saw it on an HBO channel one night, watched it, and fell in love with it (she is a big Alan Rickman fan). Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kylie Gross
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