Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA/United Kingdom/Germany, 2001. IMF Internationale Medien und Film GmbH & Co. Produktions KG, Intermedia Films, Mirage Enterprises, West Eleven Films. Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy. Cinematography by Cian de Buitlear. Produced by William Horberg, Ruth Jackson, David Rubin. Music by Patrick Doyle. Production Design by Sophie Becher. Costume Design by Rosie Hackett. Film Editing by Tony Lawson.
Natasha Richardson discovers she’s dying of a terminal illness and wants to make up for past relationship problems. Her ex-husband (Alan Rickman), still bitter over her leaving him for another woman (Rachel Griffiths) and starting her own salon, abandoned his hopes of winning a hairstyling contest years earlier in which all three were originally supposed to participate. Their son (Josh Hartnett), helps dad run his barber shop and hopes to help heal the wounds of the past until Richardson decides to enter the UK’s hairdressing championships when it comes to their town. The obstacle, though, is the attendance of the twice-reigning champion (Bill Nighy) who is still in the game and willing to do absolutely anything to win. This charming comedy is a run-of-the-mill heartwarmer but is elevated beyond its humdrum trappings by an excellent cast and spritely pace.