Reviewed bydshendersonVote: 8/10/10
I loved "The Big Tease." I have watched it several times, and find itmore entertaining each time. I recently read a quote of CraigFerguson's in a Reel.com interview, saying that the movie somewhatparallels his experience in Hollywood. He said, "it is an exact mirrorimage of the show business that I know. I believe that the story in themovie is my story in America," and when asked how Crawford's experiencein America paralleled with his own, Craig replied, "It's exactly thesame...it is very similar to my own experience. That is where the storycomes from." I watched the movie today for the first time since readingthese comments, which Craig made about 7 years ago, and find that thereare more similarities than he could have foreseen at the time. Part ofthe sharp satire on insider Hollywood revolves around getting a breakbecause of whom you know. In the movie, Crawford comes to L.A. as awell-established hairstylist in Scotland (the "Red Adair of hair"), andmanages to connect with the right people, beginning with Eamon the limodriver and Candy the publicist, which in turn leads to a series ofconnections with other key people and opportunities: an amusement parkanimal costume fur-dressing gig, the continuing antagonistic yetcrucial interactions with Monique and Stig, a lunch date with DrewCarey that takes Crawford's credibility to the next level, and ameeting with the Senator who finally allows him to compete in theW.H.I.F Hair-Off. Throughout these events and introductions, Crawfordmust pay his dues, often feeling humiliated in the process, yet alwaysmanaging to make the best of the situation. I don't pretend to know allthe details of Craig's rise to fame, but he was already an establishedcomedian well-known in the U.K., then came to the U.S. and obscurity.After paying his dues here and there, he got a break as Mr. Wick on"The Drew Carey Show." Drew Carey is the equivalent of Candy in thismovie, giving stability to Craig's career, and enough required time onthe set but not in front of the camera to begin writing, thus markinghis breakthrough into the roles of writer, producer, and finallydirector with the critically acclaimed "I'll Be There." CraigFerguson's big break as host of CBS's "The Late Late Show" is similarto Crawford's walk-on success in the competition for the PlatinumScissors award. Craig has not yet been crowned the king of late-night,but I have a feeling that some of the other late-night hosts arefeeling very much the same as the other three Hair-Off competitors,wondering, "Who is this Scottish guy, and who could have guessed he hadso much talent?" One interesting scene in particular shows the obviouspride Crawford feels when he finally obtains his H.A.G. card, a pridewhich Craig will soon share when he obtains a U.S. passport uponbecoming a citizen of his adopted country. The parallels to Craig'scurrent situation are easy to see, and I think that "The Big Tease" mayportend the huge success that Craig has yet to attain in Hollywood andwith the ranks of late-night fans. Like Crawford, Craig is determinedto reach the pinnacle of his profession, and he has forced industryinsiders to sit up and take notice of him. Just like Crawford, Craigwas born to this.
Reviewed byGeorge ParkerVote: 7/10/10
"The Big Tease" is an under-rated, genuinely funny, andintelligently made film about a dauntless Scottish hairstylist, Crawford Mackenzie, and his quest for the globallycoveted Platinum Scissors Award. A tour de force byFurgeson, the film delivers plenty of wry British humorandless subtle American hilarity with warmth and coherence,develops it's unlikely centerpiece (Mackenzie), sticksfaithfully to it's plot, and buildsto satisfying and very funny climax.
Reviewed byPoseidon-3Vote: /10
Unjustly obscure, this mock-umentary is certainly not revolutionary filmmaking or Oscar material, but it does offer gentle laughs and some amusingperformances and visuals. Ferguson stars (and appears in virtually everyscene) as a Scottish hairdresser who gets a letter inviting him to aninternational hair styling competition in Los Angeles. This is cause forLangham to film a BBC documentary on him and much of the film is from thatperspective (although Ferguson also narrates in blurbs filmed after theevent.) Falling somewhere in between the lame "Drop Dead Gorgeous" and thesublime "Best in Show", the film is full of odd situations and theinfectious charm of Ferguson as he sets out to win top honors. Needless tosay, if Ferguson weren't entertaining the film would be sunk. Thankfully,he is delightful throughout. Fisher, though less endearing, also providesnice support for him. Several excellent comedic performers pop up along theway, notably the bizarre and side-splitting Miller as a harried hotelmanager. Rasche sinks humorously into his role as Ferguson's chiefcompetitor. McCormack, a very attractive young lady, perfectly captures thephony, insincere aspects of the contest organizer. And any film that evenbriefly utilizes the untapped charms of McGinley can't be all bad. Homevideo viewers may need to use subtitles to catch all of the remarks as theauthentic Scottish accents are sometimes hard to completely understand. Some real life hair professionals appear, but star cameos are minimal. Carey inexplicably shows up as himself, but with a full head of hair. Hasselhoff comes off amusingly as himself. Crosby, an actress who alwayscould have used a good stylist, appears briefly as a demonstrationassistant. One quibble: If the film was going to be rated R anyway, whynot show more of the lead's physical assets. What's shown is great, but alltoo brief. On it's own little terms, this is a charming and fun movie.
Flamboyant Glasgow hairdresser, Crawford Mackinzie, gets a letter from the World Hairdresser International Federation inviting him to its prestigious annual contest in L.A. Filmmaker Martin Samuels is making a fly-on-the-wall documentary about Crawford; he and the crew go too. After maxing out his credit card at the Century Plaza Hotel, Crawford discovers he's been invited to participate in the audience, not the contest; he tries every angle imaginable to get in the competition: he phones fellow Scot Sean Connery, he gets a union card, he asks the reigning champion for help, and he connects with Connery's publicist, who's having a bad hair day. Will he succeed, for the little people?