March 16, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

Blow Dry

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
105 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/09/01
performer
Natasha Richardson, Alan Rickman, Hugh Bonneville, Rachael Leigh Cook, Rachel Griffiths, Josh Hartnett, Heidi Klum
director
Paddy Breathnach
Producers
Intermedia Films, Mirage Enterprises, West Eleven Films
distributor
Intermedia Films, Miramax, Pacifica Film Distribution
genre
Comedy, Drama
We gave it a C

Blow Dry is about the power of a kitschy hairdressing competition to invigorate a drab English town whose inhabitants apparently haven’t heard of the healing properties of chocolate or male stripping. One looks forward to endorsements by clergy moved not only by the queeny cheat (Bill Nighy) who attempts to rig the contest, but also by the fractured family of hair professionals — stylist Phil and (Alan Rickman), his ex-wife Shelly (Natasha Richardson), her girlfriend Sandra (Rachel Griffiths), and Phil and Shelly’s son Brian (Josh Hartnett) — who work out their differences between comical spritzes of hairspray.

Blow Dry is written by Mr. Full Monty himself, Simon Beaufoy, and, like Monty, sprinkles pixie dust over the heads of worn-out local folk. (The look-alike hairdressing-competition comedy, The Big Tease, sprays Scottish mist over the heads of Los Angeles pixies.) The director is Paddy Breathnach, whose cast was considerably less flossy and less smitten by their own fetching accents in the freewheeling Irish comedy I Went Down.

The part of Dame Judi Dench is played by Rosemary Harris.

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