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A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and his friend Tuna, in the 1960's, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960's, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. As a result, when released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America. However, he soon pays the price.

Actors: Johnny Depp , Penélope Cruz , Ethan Suplee , Ray Liotta , Franka Potente , Rachel Griffiths , Paul Reubens , Jordi Mollà , Cliff Curtis , Miguel Sandoval
Directors: Ted Demme
Country: USA
Release: 2001-04-06
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  • Peter Travers

    Scorches the screen with a badass bravado all its own. Smart, sexy, funny and dangerous this high-wire act is a movie and a half.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • William Arnold

    Melancholy, haunting and riveting true-crime saga.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    Consistently compelling without being truly memorable.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Carries little in the way of passion or revelatory charge.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Seductive, funny, whip-smart and ultimately tragic.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Ernest Hardy

    Funny, immediately and consistently engaging, and -- well done on almost every level. Full Review
  • Gregory Weinkauf

    It's basically your above-average nice drug movie.

    New Times (L.A.) Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Take away the drugs, and this is the story of a boring life in wholesale.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    Ends up a portrait through a rose-colored lens, turning a social parasite into a Greek hero.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    Hopefully ambitious yet hopelessly lightweight.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    Respectable but unmemorable end result may suffer from comparison with the similarly themed, albeit differently angled, “Traffic.”

    Variety Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Inherently stale.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Edward Guthmann

    It's an honest portrayal, but it leaves the audience stranded, without the emotional hook of a character we can care about.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The acting is solid.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Depp aside, the movie is higher on style than it is on substance. Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    It downplays the effects of George's drug trafficking, not so much on himself and his cronies as on the wrecked lives of the generation of customers we never get to see.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • John Patterson

    If as much thought had been expended on character and consequences as was lavished on bell-bottom diameters, collar widths and soundtrack selection, Blow might have been a richer, more intelligent experience, and much more Demme's movie than a carbon copy of other people's.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    This single cautionary tale of how drug innocence gives way to woeful, hung-over experience proves to be way too predictable to effectively caution or even involve anyone.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Depp's witty, spare performance gives the picture a poignancy -- a depth of feeling, if you'll allow the pun -- that Mr. Demme's hectic direction and the hurried script by David McKenna and Nick Cassavetes don't quite earn.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Reece Pendleton

    Only Depp and Ray Liotta (as Jung's father) manage to animate this tired formula.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    We've just been to this party before and we know how it ends, again and again and again.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    If any element takes us through the movie, it's him (Depp).

    Washington Post Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    This is an extraordinary -- and unfathomable -- piece of whitewashing: a true snow job.

    Slate Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    You can't make an epic about a mouse.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    It's fun. Hey, it's almost spring, Rickman is fabulous and so is Richardson. Warren Clarke is continually funny. And Heidi Klum alone will melt the snows of yesteryear.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Desmond Ryan

    If Blow Dry isn't a rousing triumph on the order "of The Full Monty" and "Brassed Off," Rickman, Richardson and Nighy make sure it's a winning film.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    This comedy-drama was written by Simon Beaufoy, who brought us "The Full Monty," and it has some of the same gamy mix of alternative sexuality and working-class heart.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    The result is formulaic, shamelessly manipulative and surprisingly watchable.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Written by Mr. ''Full Monty'' himself, Simon Beaufoy, and, like ''Monty,'' sprinkles pixie dust over the heads of worn out local folk.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Bob Graham

    At least a half monty.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Kevin Thomas

    Despite its dollops of good-natured humor and sentiment, Blow Dry is likely to play better on the tube as a likable-enough diversion.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Robert Horton

    It may be possible that people who never go to the movies will stumble across Blow Dry and find it a charming way to spend an hour and a half, but the rest of us will have the ending written in our heads by the end of the first five minutes. Full Review
  • Robert Koehler

    Limp comedy-drama.

    Variety Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Although filled with fey, flamboyant characters, the stereotype of the gay hairdresser seems to have been meticulously expunged.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Seems both overplotted and underimagined, though there is at least some creativity and a dose of realism, evident in the hairstyles themselves.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    A limp and lackluster affair that telegraphs its feel-good smarm miles in advance.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    Rickman and Richardson are excellent actors put to ghastly waste.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The most catastrophic misfire in a dreadful movie season.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Hazel-Dawn Dumpert

    There are gruelingly unfunny gags, an unspeakable soundtrack featuring BTO and Billy Ocean, and Victoria's Secret mannequin Heidi Klum as a model who demands that her pussy hair be styled into a bushy red heart.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
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