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Shampoo
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10.08.2004 By: Indiana Sev
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Director:
Hal Ashby

Actors:
Warren Beatty
Julie Christie
Goldie Hawn

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A day in the life of playboy hairdresser George Roundy (Beatty) in Southern California as he tries to juggle three girlfriends (Christie, Hawn and Lee Grant) while at the same time, trying to secure financing for his salon. His world soon starts to fall apart as he realizes that love, lust and commitment, in the free-wheeling decade of love, can really burn you if not handled correctly…or at all.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Talk about a role being tailor-made for an actor! Beatty co-wrote, produced and acted in this tale of a motorcycle-riding, womanizing, slightly dim-witted Beverly Hills hairdresser who keeps trying to get his life in order, only to have his dick get in the way each time (I hate when that happens!). I remember checking this movie out years back during my "Warren Beatty phase" and not being too impressed. It was a different story this time around. Not only was it interesting to see the web of adultery, love and lust weave its way through the lives of these misguided characters, but SHAMPOO also explored all aspects of relationships from both the male and female perspective while always remaining funny and sweet. The script also had plenty of funny one-liners and balanced it out with really insightful bits about matters of the heart. It’s odd, after seeing the film, you wonder how come it took Beatty another 20 years to finally settle down. I guess he was having too good a time.

Jack Warden is also a riot in a supporting role as an un-hip, over the hill husband whose trying his best to fit into the swingin’ sixties. He’s the kind of jerk who repeatedly says: ”Am I right or am I right?” No man...you’re wrong! He’s got the funniest lines, hands down. Lee Grant won an Oscar for playing his bored wife who can’t seem to keep her hands out of Beatty’s jeans, and even her daughter (a young Carrie Fisher) tries her damnedest to bed him. Grant’s actually quite adorable and endearing in the part and you really feel for her character near the end (as you do for them all). Warren Beatty is great as usual, this time being sexy, funny and sensitive without breaking a sweat. The original music for the film is by sixties alum Paul Simon and his music ties in real well during the movie's tender moments. The rest of the time, it’s the usual rockin’ sixties tunes. If ever you’ve had questions about life, lust and love and what your priorities should be regarding the 3 L’s, this film should do the trick. Love that hair, George.
THE EXTRAS
None to speak of. Very disappointing considering that this is a 2003 release. Some insight into the movie would have been great…gimme a featurette, the original trailer…something! All you get is 3 trailers of other movies, one of which is BUGSY, which actually whet my appetite for another viewing…great trailer!
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Touching, romantic, funny and insightful this is definitely worth a rental. For Beatty fans out there, it’s a "must own", although I’d wait about six months since I’m sure there will be a 6-disc special edition coming out a day after this one is released. If you’re having relationship problems or if you just like seeing WB kick ass in a role he was born to play, rent it tonight!
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