The Big Tease

on January 28, 2000 by Cathy Thompson-Georges
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   Yet another in the swelling ranks of mockumentary comedies, "The Big Tease" follows the misadventures of Scottish hairdresser Crawford Mackenzie (Craig Ferguson of TV's "The Drew Carey Show") as he attempts to crack the elite ranks of a stylists' competition in Los Angeles. Since we are assured early on that Crawford is a born sultan of the scissors, there's never a second of doubt that he'll find a way into the main event, in spite of the efforts of a hateful Teutonic rival, and there are few surprises in the outcome of the contest itself.
   In the absence of suspense, all we can really hope for are some good laughs. Ferguson's amiable performance isn't bad and his trademark tartan trousers are amusing, but "The Big Tease" isn't particularly sharp in its observation of L.A. style, or of salon mores, or of much else. It doesn't help that the actual hairstyles, including one that supposedly wins a high-powered talent agent (Frances Fisher) to Crawford's cause, are quite hideous. Maybe the point is that Crawford, the judges, and everyone else in the movie are a bunch of boobs, but that leaves us very little to care about. Starring Craig Ferguson and Frances Fisher. Directed by Kevin Allen. Produced by Philip Rose. A Warner Bros. release. Comedy. Rated R for language. Running time: 88 min
Tags: Craig Ferguson, Frances Fisher, Kevin Allen, Scotland, hairdresser, competition
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