Blow Dry
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When the tiny burgh of Keighley lands the rights to host the annual British hairdressing championships, practically every city in the United Kingdom is represented in the competition -- except Keighley itself. It seems the event is team-oriented, and the only suitable local contestants had a huge falling out a decade ago. For Brian (Josh Hartnett), the son of two hairdressers, that falling out had personal consequences: His mother Shelley (Natasha Richardson) left his father Phil (Alan Rickman) to take up with Phil's hair model Sandra (Rachel Griffiths). Since then, former styling champ… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The script by Simon Beaufoy of The Full Monty fame is far more soapy than bubbly as it concentrates on extended family entanglements and allows its comic potential to be bleached out by a ponderous mawkish streak."
‑ Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today
"A tedious comedy."
‑ Paul Tatara,
"A large ensemble of talented British actors is wasted in this disappointing comedy by Simon Beaufoy, the scribe of the Full Monty."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Shows a hairdresser and his wife learning how to be a family in a new way at the National Hair Championships."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The half-hearted release mirrors the efforts put in by nearly everyone involved."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Blow Dry seems both overplotted and underimagined."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"What Blow Dry needs, though, is less connect-the-dots and a little more of the waywardness that Warren Clarke's mayor-turned-emcee manages to wring from his limited assignment."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"The whole enterprise is awash in a combined farcical obviousness and drippy sentimentality to induce more audience groans than laughs."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"I really don't know who the heck this is supposed to appeal to..."
‑ John Venable,
"Marred by mixing a supposedly touching and tragic family story with a half-blown, numbly campy send-up of the world of hair, Blow Dry just doesn't jibe."
‑ Kim Morgan, Oregonian
"Blow Dry is enjoyable in a low-key way, but it's far from an unqualified hit, and lacks the infectious energy of Beaufoy's earlier effort."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It's fun."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"In the end it may be nothing but hot air, but like a warming gust of conditioned wind after that cold morning shower, Blow Dry feels good (enough)."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"The material just isn't up to par."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Blow Dry has some wonderful moments, but the laughs are thin and the serious bits skid into melodrama."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
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