Notoriously vain, Warren Beatty would no doubt appreciate the fastidious video make-overs given to Shampoo . Criterion transfer supervisor Maria Groumbos gives Shampoo a visual sheen lacking in the tape; whenever Beverly Hills hairdresser Beatty offhandedly tells customers, ”You look great,” their color-corrected radiance drives home the truth of the remark and the depth of his insincerity. Too bad the movie still feels like a washout, thanks to an unconvincing Beatty-as-martyr finale and pretensions to social satire (it’s set around Election Day, 1968) that never gel. B-
Genre: Comedy, Romance; Starring: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Tony Bill, Lee Grant, Jack Warden; Director: Hal Ashby; Author: Warren Beatty, Robert Towne; Runtime (in minutes): 109; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Posted October 11 1991 — 12:00 AM EDT
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