Michelle (Angeline Ball) is the owner of a beauty salon called Deadly Cuts. Her co-workers, Stacey (Ericka Roe), Gemma (Lauren Larkin) and Chantelle (Shauna Higgins) all have their own problems and personal issues, but what hangs over them is a gangster called Deano (Ian Lloyd Anderson) who is threatening to shut them down unless they pay him a lot of protection money.
On top of that, Deadly Cuts is also being threatened by closure in place of trendier businesses which could bring in a lot of money for the town – in place of their jobs. However, with their gangster problem dealt with in an unconventional way, all the girls have to do is win a national hairdressing competition to save their jobs.
Deadly Cuts is a black comedy from Ireland which plays with a familiar format which is often seen in sports movies. Parodying something so simple and every day as hairdressing, the movie pushes the limits of what it can make fun of with the latter part of the film turning into something akin to Best in Show or Mascots and is probably the most fun part of the film.
The problem is that it takes a long time to get there and once the premise is fully set up then a lot of time has already passed.
There are also a lot of characters in the film also and although there is a focus on the four main characters, the film doesn’t really give them all enough to do. Where Chantelle is pushed to the back and has to deal with the fart jokes, Michelle’s story feels a little overbaked and the emotional moments from the other women are dealt with quickly and quietly.
There are some very funny moments though and some great performances from recognisable faces to pad out the film. Pauline Mclynn is great as a judge with delusions of grandeur, Victoria Smurfit plays the devious and conceited beauty salon owner well and Louis Lovett who plays D’Logan Doyle, Ireland’s best hairdresser steals some scenes. However, they all feel like they’re given too little screen time to really relish their roles.
Also, despite the name and the black comedy set up, perhaps Deadly Cuts could have done without it as it works just as well as a formulaic, but feelgood comedy.
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