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.