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Total Crap45.45%

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by Greg Muskewitz

"In need of much conditioning."
1 stars

Why is it that hairdressers/hairstylists always have the worst styles and cuts themselves?

Warren Beatty’s character in Shampoo isn’t an exception to that apparent “rule.” Just as shaggy and dandruffy as Beatty’s coif is this solemn comedy about a lothario stylist trying to open his own shoppe. But for fun, he looks to convince husband moieties that he’s gay (and, if not convincing, letting them believe such) allowing him freedom to stumpf their wives. Or so the set-up is put forth to make us assume. Presently, Goldie Hawn is his “girlfriend,” but he’s also sleeping with Jack Warden’s wife Lee Grant, their daughter Carrie Fisher, and Warden’s mistress, Julie Christie. All this forces Beatty to resort to a lot of lying, hiding and denying, running here and running there, and never anywhere is there much satisfaction in the sterility of this time-sensitive satire at the promiscuity of its day and age. In and by addressing the nature of sex and promiscuity from the Seventies milieu in which this is set, Hal Ashby manages to say nothing of the repercussions or wrongdoings. It’s rather a voiceless projection — visually putting forth — but without any meaning or suggestion. When the ostensible hero appears to have learned his lesson too late at the end, stranded in his own dereliction, there seems to be an emptiness to his understanding, and a meaninglessness to it as well. Beatty bumbles around, annoyingly flat (and as an annoying character), while he and Robert Towne script. It might not be meant to be adulatory, but it is downright disconcerting. Hawn is given nothing substantial and ergo cannot elevate “nothing” even with her charm. Grant’s appearance and importance is of transient worth (though it still managed to bag her an Oscar for Supporting Actress) and Fisher only has one scene — again, nothing to invest much into. The only payback or winning number considered would be Christie, who although ornamented in a tony fashion exteriorly, on the inside she’s subtly a wreck. She is given the most amount of room to fulfill her gradual wear-and-tear, emotional deterioration and decadency. Still, it’s not flattering.

[Not to be bothered with.]

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1/19/08 Pamela White women are stupid Beatty egocentric 1 stars
4/26/05 David Long A great group of actors recreates California in the late '60s 5 stars
6/19/04 Bella Easily one of the greatest movies of the past 50 years, still holds up today! 5 stars
12/03/02 Ashley Corpening Much nothing about a do. 1 stars
9/30/02 Their lot and fear a Caribbean Hay Wren Real poo stinks less. And how come Google never scans this movie's page? 1 stars
3/07/02 Tiffany Faye Hawthorne Julie Christie sucks her own turds twice as much as rest of cast. 1 stars
2/01/02 R.W. Welch 70's sex comedy, funny enough to make a lot of money. 4 stars
12/06/01 Bada Bing Crosby Great movie all around 5 stars
11/13/01 Charles Tatum Wet hair, overinflate film's rep, rinse, repeat. 2 stars
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  02-Apr-1975 (R)
  DVD: 21-Jan-2003



Directed by
  Hal Ashby

Written by
  Robert Towne
  Warren Beatty

  Warren Beatty
  Julie Christie
  Goldie Hawn
  Lee Grant
  Jack Warden
  Tony Bill

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