Blow Dry
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Two beauty salons in the small English town of Keighley are locked in a heated rivalry over the National Hairdressing Championships. Local hairdresser Phil was once the golden boy of the competition until his wife and model Shelly left him and their son Brian to set up shop with her lover Sandra. Retired from the scene, Phil wants nothing to do with all the excitement surrounding the beautiful and stylish crowd that has flocked to the town. However, as the preparations for the big event begin to unfold, it becomes clear that the out-of-towners aren't playing by the rules, so rivals Phil,… 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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