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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good storyline with raw wit & humanity
I was dubious about the film but I've now watched it twice and still found it funny second time round. The added bonus is that it's set in Keighley - not far from me - and the actors all have broad Yorkshire accents. Coming from Josh Hartnett, a Yank, it's hilarious but he does a superb job of it; and Alan Rickman sounds almost as good! The story is actually quite...
Published on 23 April 2002 by Mrs. G. M. Glover

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blow Dry
I don't suppose you can really have a film that features Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Natasha Richardson and Warren Clarke and yet turns out to be total twaddle, but take a novel idea and let these; some of the finest British actors, run away with it and you have something really unique on your hands.
A real mixture of over the top campness and complete pantomime this...
Published on 14 Mar. 2005 by Rich Milligan


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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good storyline with raw wit & humanity, 23 April 2002
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This review is from: Blow Dry [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
I was dubious about the film but I've now watched it twice and still found it funny second time round. The added bonus is that it's set in Keighley - not far from me - and the actors all have broad Yorkshire accents. Coming from Josh Hartnett, a Yank, it's hilarious but he does a superb job of it; and Alan Rickman sounds almost as good! The story is actually quite profound - if you see past all the hairdressing and focus on the human aspects, the family aspects, the relationships and how potential tragedy can bring out the best in people, it's fantastic. The highlight for me was the tattoo on the sole of Rickman's foot!! It's original comedy and great drama combined. I'm glad I've got it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, 13 Mar. 2010
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Kona (Emerald City) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blow Dry [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Keighley is the site of the British Hairdressing Championship and the whole town is aflutter with the arrival of the country's top stylists including Ray Robertson (Bill Nighy). His one-time rival (Alan Rickman) has led a quiet life as the local barber ever since his wife (Natasha Richardson) left him. She now owns a beauty shop and wants to enter the competition, but first the doctor has some news for her.

This film boasts an ensemble cast of talented stars and a very witty script. There is an interesting back-story for each character; some are silly, others poignant. Bill Nighy is an absolute riot as the flamboyant and unscrupulous hair diva, Rickman plays it serious as a poker-faced used-to-be, while Richardson is plucky as a lesbian with health issues. All of the smaller roles are gems, too, especially the uptight Keighley lord mayor (Warren Clarke) who sings Elvis, and Rosemary Harris as an elderly nursing home resident.

This collection of eccentric characters competing in an over-the-top contest had me laughing from start to finish. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, 28 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Blow Dry [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
I didn't expect too much from this film, but I found that I really enjoyed it. Rachel Griffith and a young Josh Hartnett do an excellent job of their English Accents which was highly enjoyable to watch. A warm little comedy, where the National Hairdressers Championship comes to a small village in the north of England and the has-beens of the hairdressing world vie for its Cup. There could definitely have been a few more idiosyncratic comedic moments in light of its storyline, but the ones that are in there work well. There are also some lovely, tender moments which are very well played by Natasha Richardson, whose character is battling a terminal illness amidst the pomp extravaganza that this tournament brings to her village. Some great actors in this film bring this simple light-hearted script to life without being over the top. Go in with an open mind and it will bring a smile to your face.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blow Dry, 14 Mar. 2005
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Rich Milligan (Thatcham, Berkshire) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Blow Dry [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
I don't suppose you can really have a film that features Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Natasha Richardson and Warren Clarke and yet turns out to be total twaddle, but take a novel idea and let these; some of the finest British actors, run away with it and you have something really unique on your hands.
A real mixture of over the top campness and complete pantomime this could have easily turned out to be a total farce but yet it somehow manages to combine the extreme showbiz with heart warming moments and pull it off with aplomb.
Mind you, you do have to question the choice of Josh Hartnett as the handsome young man interest, nothing against him as an actor and the less said about the accent the better, but couldn't they have found a young British actor instead?
Keep a look out for Peter Kay also in one of the crowd scenes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT CAST BUT SOMEWHAT TEPID MOVIE..., 14 Feb. 2003
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Lawyeraau (Balmoral Castle) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blow Dry [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This is a movie about a family divided, 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 prior, 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 also 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.
With much difficulty, she finally persuades her ex-husband 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, Harnett, 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted comedy, 10 July 2014
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David H J Ashdown (Wales) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blow Dry [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
With a plethora of stars ranging from Bill Nighy to Alan Rickman and Warren Clarke with lots of others thrown in for good measure a film can't be bad but this offering comes pretty close. It's set in 2000 but looks as if it were set in the late 1970's and is about a national hairdressing competition with so much campness it nearly doesn't work but somehow it does. Not in the least way highbrow but funny enough to make it worth watching - if you've seen and liked "Very Annie Mary" you'll like this film.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 4 Sept. 2004
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This review is from: Blow Dry [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
What a marvellous piece of escapism for a Saturday afternoon! A good mix of comedy and tragedy keeps this film from being too sickly; the illness of one character is handled realistically, yet the film does not dwell on this. The setting is superb, as is most of the cast; with the possible exception of Josh Hartnett (never really got the hang of the old Yorkshire accent, but tried valiantly anyway!)there is nevertheless a knockout combination of "male cameo" (Warren Clarke in excellent form), "the Baddy" (Bill Nighy casting evil glares in every direction) and the "reluctant hero" (Alan Rickman at a dour best). The female characters support rather than lead, but on the whole do it very well; my only complaint was Cook's rather yawn-inducing screen presence. All in all, a really enjoyable "watch-again" film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and funny, 5 May 2011
This review is from: Blow Dry [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Judging by the cover one can expect another teen comedy. But don't let you mislead.
"Blow dry" is an excellent movie that combine drama and comedy. It is a touching story that take place in a small english town while it becomes a place of British National Hairdressing Championships.
There are three pillars in this film: Alan Arkin, Natasha Richardson and Rachel Griffiths (both potraying a lesbian couple). Their acting is marvellous.
Strictly recommended.
A movie for everyone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't you just hate it when bad accents happen to good films...., 5 May 2014
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Nice little film and a good laugh but Josh Hartnett's Yorkshire accent appalling and did spoil it a bit for me to be honest hence only three stars. Alan Rickman and Billy Nighy give brilliant performances which save the film - hilarious in parts - especially if you're from Yorkshire!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a surprisingly good film, 16 Oct. 2012
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I bought Blow Dry hoping that it wouldn't be another disappointing Alan Rickman movie and it's not! the film is wonderful and not only did i learn something I didn't know about hairdressing but Natasha Richardson is in the film as well and she's very funny in it!
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