If I had realised that the full title of "Killer Hair" was "Crimes of Fashion: Killer Hair" I would have avoided it as I had already had the misfortune of watching the second movie "Hostile Makeover" a while back. Pretty much everything I felt about "Hostile Makeover" I feel about "Killer Hair" with it having the bubbly enthusiasm of "Ugly Betty" which might appeal to some but does my head in. In fact "Killer Hair" seems bubblier than ever and feels close on the level of "Legally Blonde" for being perky.
At the funeral of their friend a hair stylist, Stella (Sadie LeBlanc) proclaims that no way did she commit suicide as her hair was too messy and her friend Lacey Smithsonian (Maggie Lawson), a fashion reporter, will solve the case. Reluctantly Lacey starts snooping around which brings her in to contact with her ex, detective Vic Donovan (Victor Webster) whilst also having to deal with her mum wanting to move her back home when her column inches are cut.
So what is there to say about "Killer Hair" well there is this "murder, mystery" which I put in quotes because this is not a movie about drawing you in to the investigation. It may takes us breezily through Lacey's investigation but we are not meant to follow what is going on, all that matters is that along the way it provides some fun, a moment or two of drama when its 90 minutes are up.
But the truth is that the purpose of "Killer Hair" is to amuse with its bubby, energetic characters and humour of a fashion reporter solving a crime with her fashion know how. It is like someone sucked out all the bubbly bits from "Clueless", "Legally Blonde", "Miss Congeniality" and "Ugly Betty" and then condensed them into 90 minutes. It's too much for me as whilst I can recognize the comedy of the full on characters who spit out fashion put downs it feels like you are being clubbed over the head with the happy stick.
Having said all that Maggie Lawson is actually very good as Lacey and manages to keep you watching even when the nicety and fashion comments go beyond over kill. It is the same with Sadie LeBlanc who as best friend Stella has killer eyes, seriously killer eyes which are about the only thing you will remember in the days after watching this.
What this all boils down to is that "Killer Hair" is not for me, it is too full on bubbly for my liking but as I said about "Hostile Makeover" if you enjoy "Ugly Betty" you will probably enjoy this.