February 07, 2000 12:00 PM

Craig Ferguson, Frances Fisher, Mary McCormack

Crawford Mackenzie is not a man to poor-mouth his own skills. “I’m called the Red Adair of hair,” he declares, invoking the famous oil-field firefighter, “because if there’s a disaster, they call me in.” Tease is a mildly amusing mockumentary about the misadventures that beset a Scottish hairdresser (Ferguson, who plays Mr. Wick on The Drew Carey Show) when he travels from Glasgow to Los Angeles to wield scissors and mousse in a prestigious styling competition. Our hero soon learns that the world of celeb salons is a snippy one. If he expects to play with the big boys of Hollywood hair, he will have to sharpen more than his scissors.

Although Tease could use a trim, Ferguson, who also cowrote the movie, is a goofily agreeable actor. Thanks to his appeal, one’s goodwill toward this slight movie lasts as long as it does. Television stars who make cameos—most of them prove pointless—include Drew Carey, David Hasselhoff (Ferguson asks which hair-care products the Baywatch star uses to combat water and wind damage), Roseanne’s Sara Gilbert and Mad About You’s John Pankow, as well as models Kylie Bax and Veronica Webb. (R)

Bottom Line: Hair today, gone tomorrow

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