Shampoo?


Just finnished watching the film and loved it. I thought it was very much of a terrence malick/david gordon green effort, and just found out that david gordon green produced it!

However my question is what was up with shampoo? He was a really interesting character but what was his relation to these people? Was he one of sons brothers, was he just a friend, a town idiot, a childhood buddy? Maybe i missed something but i am left a little confused about this character.

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Kid refers to him in one scene as "the worst dentist in town".



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I believe he was also a drug dealer/manufacturer. His injuries were due to a house fire for which he said the police had plenty of "evidence". And the "worst dentist in town" remark could be in reference to the affects of meth.

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I believe he was also a drug dealer/manufacturer. His injuries were due to a house fire for which he said the police had plenty of "evidence". And the "worst dentist in town" remark could be in reference to the affects of meth.


Yea I meant to post something like this a few days ago, but couldn't remember exactly what indication was given that he was making meth. Good call.


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I don't know more than he was an old classmate/friend, but I just love him and liked how he always knew what was going on.

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In a small southern town you grow up with people. It's not so much friendship as it is knowledge of each others history and life, you are literally joined
by your common background. If you do not move to the city, you live your whole life with the same people you knew in first grade, the good the bad and the inbetween. The line where Kid answers his girlfriend with "Thats Him" is so telling of this kind of long history.

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i think Shampoo was meant to be a symbolic character. it seemed that he was the one who delivered the information that set off the major events. kind of like a deus ex machina.

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My take was that Shampoo appeared to be agent whose talking resulted in the creation of new violence each time he appeared on the scene to impart 'information.'

Like Iago in Othello.

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yes, yes

plus he needed a bath, for his head not the least.

liked the meth-lab-burn getup, 2. :)

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Shampoo is the Devil

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Hahahahahaha Shampoo is Nichols's response to Kieslowski's Young Man in The Decalogue.

All we need to know is: He's the kid who inhaled formaldehyde in high school.

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I haven't seen this in awhile (saw it one time) and I remember thinking Shampoo was a small town instigator. One of those people who passes on gossip or reveals information they know is going to lead to some drama. They set a lot of stuff off but manage to avoid being personally impacted by any of it.

If I'm wrong I'll go back and rewatch it.

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Shampoo is clearly an instigator. I'm just not sure if he does it intentionally so he can enjoy the drama that unfolds, or if he's a simpleton who doesn't realize the consequences of the gossip/information he passes along.

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I tend to favor the "simpleton" take on Shampoo. He is very simplistic, he says what "is" in a plain, straightforward manner. Like a farmer who is brutally honest about anything he says because there is simply no reason in his mind to do any different. Shampoo is certainly not calculating in my opinion.

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Funny you should post this now. I just rewatched the movie and have come to the same conclusion. This is evidenced in the scene where Kid is digging a grave for the dog; Shampoo comes along and tells him he already knows what happened because Mark Hayes was just bragging about planting the snake in the local bar. When Kid demands that Shampoo drive him to the bar, it's clear by Shampoo's reaction that he didn't mean to set up the fight.

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Shampoo is almost a force of nature, creating damage without actual malice.
I think the fact he is played by Alan Wilkins AKA Alan Disaster an Arkansas
rock musician with such absolute reality is fantastic.
If you don't know someone like Shampoo you are living a sheltered life.

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Shampoo is also representative of the notion that in small town life, everyone learns of everyone else's business pretty quickly.

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"Shampoo is also representative of the notion that in small town life, everyone learns of everyone else's business pretty quickly."

Yep.

They all talk about each other -- each other's trials, tribulations, and everything in between IS the news and what's happening.

My sis lives in a small mid-western town and when we visited her for the first time a few years after she moved there, my husband and I took a walk around town and I can't tell you the number of people who came right up to us and asked us point blank who we were and who did we know in town. Once I said I was the sister of 'x', everyone knew who I was talking about (as they know everyone who lives in town) and we were then 'approved'.

By the time we got back to my sis' house, just about EVERYONE in town knew who we were, where we were from, that we were visiting my sis, and for how long.

Amazing...almost faster than high-speed internet!





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I would have told them to mind their own beeswax.

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Shampoo should have kept his big trap shut!!!

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