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Hal Ashby

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About the Movie

Wicked social satire about a sexy male hairdresser that does more than hair. Warren Beatty lampoons his own womanizer reputation in this feature concerned only with who is "doing" who and the superficial appearances of the upper class of Beverly Hills set against election day for the 1968 Presidential election.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 30
  • Fresh: 19
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Disappointment comes in all weights and flavors, but the brand that's generated by Hal Ashby's Shampoo is a bit harder to swallow than some. – Nora Sayre, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: There's a self-awareness to Shampoo that gives the movie a cleansing sadness and, oddly, makes Beatty an affectingly amoral roue. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Apr 17, 2012

Fresh: Shampoo, made in 1975 but set in 1968, the night before Richard Nixon's election to the presidency, was directed by Hal Ashby and written by Robert Towne and Warren Beatty, who may have produced one of the best scripts in the last three decades. – Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Shampoo and Deep Condition

Absolutely fabulous. I'm a girl for big, healthy hair, shop talk, gorgeous male beauticians and gorgeous evening wear. Soirée, drama, break ups, motor cycles. Did I mention gorgeous male specimens?? I loved it!!! Light hearted with just enough glamourous drama and laughter.

Of the Times

If you are looking for a "good movie," mileage will vary. If you want a fun excuse to get all sociological and think about power imbalances, this thing is an amazing document of its time. This is the perfect "background video" for bachelor pad cocktail parties.

Looking back – and past the distraction of the slapstick, it is a little startling to see Beatty in the bank loan scene. The transformation of the financial industry has made that bit a newer (and even better) joke. This film is New Hollywood in adolescence talking about LA at the time of New Hollywood's birth. Watch this goofy, "dumb movie" and publish a thesis, seriously. It is a hilarious truth that very vain and superficial things often pull the strings in a big way.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2003

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