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Shampoo (1991)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
A

Details Movie Rated: R; Genres: Comedy, Romance; With: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie and Goldie Hawn; Distributor: Columbia Pictures

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-

Originally posted Oct 11, 1991 Published in issue #87 Oct 11, 1991 Order article reprints