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  • Fun, enjoyable fluff.
    This is a sweet, guilty pleasure of a movie. In this spinoff from the Barbershop movies, Queen Latifah plays Gina, a single mother that has relocated from Chicago so that her daughter can attend a serious music school. The plot is paper thin, but the efforts of Queen Latifah and Kevin Bacon make it enjoyable enough to watch.

    After re-establishing herself as talented hair stylist under the banner of uber-stylist Jorge (Bacon), Gina (Latifah) becomes fed up with his combination of imperious behavior and comic incompetence and wrangles a loan to buy her own shop. There's the clean-up, setup, the initial confrontation with the old staff, troubles with the state board inspector, client challenges etc. All in all, it's entertaining enough to keep your attention, but you won't be hitting the "back" button if you miss anything. So with all of this cookie cutter plot and casting, why did they have to move Gina from Chicago to Atlanta?

    Latifah brings charm to almost any role she plays, as far as I'm concerned. She has a smile that can brighten a room. Unfortunately, she'surrounded by a cast of mostly cardboard characters. There's the naive white girl (played by Alicia Silverstone) that's trying to fit in with the black staff of the shop; the wayward sister-in-law (Keisha Knight-Pulliam, ex-Cosby kid); precocious daughter, good customer (Andie McDowell); shallow, evil customer (Mena Suvari), hunky male stylist of questionable sexual orientation, and the upstairs love interest (Djimon Hounsou).

    Bacon adds the most laughs as he vamps his way through the movie as the former boss and competitor.

    It's fun, light entertainment. Chance are that a day or so after you watch it, you'll probably forget most of the movie; everything except Queen Latifah's smile....more info
  • Mild disappointment
    Could have been great, but it's just not, and not even a guilty pleasure like Barbershop. I found Q Latifah quite charming in Last Holiday, and her charisma holds up well in this and all other works. But the writing . . . my god, it's awful. A respectable actor like Djimon is reduced to the most ridiculous type of beefcake, while Andie M and Alicia S are consistently caught in embarassingly shallow moments. The stereotypes rage in abundance, while transcendent observations are almost nonexistent. Kevin Bacon's over-the-top performance is actually the most welcome performance and sets the proper comic tone, but unfortunately he is the exception, not the rule. The style is sharp, everybody's looking real good, it's not devoid of humor and has its moments, but the content is often horrible and so many degrees removed from a Spike Lee joint. Too bad. ...more info
  • Six degrees?
    The raison d'etre for this movie must have been to give fans of the Kevin Bacon game an easy way to connect actors. Why else would so many name actors appear in this formulaic fluff? It is not as bad as Barbershop but not much better.

    Watchable if you have absolutely nothing else to do. Or for the very amusing performance of KB as Jorge....more info
  • Okay
    Judging from the previews, it looked about as over the top as that stupid movie Queen Latifah did as the ex-con. But I went to see it anyway and support a movie that had the potential to be good with actresses like Golden, Queen Latifah, and Keisha Knight Pulliam.

    Bad News (first): There were the stereotypes I dreaded seeing, like the sistas with way too much attitude (especially about having a white woman as a hairstylist), the two women with terrible hairstyles (AND HAIR COLOR--ex. blue & gold hair UGH!), the white woman who couldn't vibe with black beauticians until she was advised to act black, and the rest of the white women being extremely stuck-up. The southern accents from Alicia Silverstone and the young dude from the comedy show were terrible. The black man going for the white girl was rather typical as well. But my major bone was with how Queen Latifah made a song about disrespecting people by calling them out their name, but threw the word b---- around like it was normal, and had the audacity to tell the other beauticians that the n-word and b---- would not be allowed. Practice what you preach (in real life and on the set).

    Good news: The love interest was not only chocolate, he was African. That's way abnormal for the typical movie, and I appreciated that. Queen Latifah's plot about leaving one bourgeoisie beauty shop to own her own was a great way of letting people know that there are struggles and there are triumphs when starting a business. Queen's daughter who could play the piano, listen to classical music, and still have a soul sista feel to her was interesting. The young guy from the comedy show was hilarious, as I knew he would be, and ma-an, did he have a fan club screaming in the theater whenever he came out. I wanted to start another club for the cutie as the ex-con/new beautician employee that had a questionable lifestyle. I like the braids as much as his usual low cut. And what's not fun about seeing Keisha be grown?
    There was a guy in the audience when I went to see Barbershop who saw the previews for this movie and responded with "I ain't gonna see that ----" and a guy outside the theater today talking about "I'm sure it's great cinematography" loaded with sarcasm. I want to tell you men out there something! You have got to stop judging movies by sex and more by plot.

    Unfortunately, these guys were right. The first time I saw this movie, I thought it was cool. But someone offered me a bootleg copy and I didn't even want it. I never take bootleg movies becuase I like to support the actors/actresses. But this movie was just boring to me after the first time. I fast forwarded to the scenes with dude from Toni Braxton's video and then turned it off. If I could change my rating now, I'd give it a two....more info
  • Get Your 'Do On!
    Queen Latifah & Alicia Silvestone scintillate as hairdressers in this Black-Is-Beautiful movie. As the Queen sashays into her own shop, where she sells her 'hair crack' conditioner, and Alicia wins as a wanna-be black girl, Djimon Hounsou really glistens as the hunky upstairs electrician who becomes the Queen's handyman.

    All the ingedients are here, as comedy mixes w/edginess. Kevin Bacon is Jerome, a nasty Eurotrash hairdresser who ab/uses the Queen until she quits, taking a shampoo girl w/her. Winning a loan for her new shop, a place that looks like 'somebody ate the 70's & threw up', the Queen loses 2 loser hairdressers & learns to cope w/her ghetto location. Alfre Woodward is another, winning 'do do-er, & Della Reese is a surprise quick cameo. Go see it ... unless you're not into humor & beautiful black babes!...more info
  • So So Shop
    Queen Latifah is always consistent and enjoyable to watch. However, she doesn't stretch herself much with this movie. This is strictly feel good but maybe too feel good - there just isn't enough oomph or bite in this hairdo to make it a killer comedy. It just glides along. Could've been much better but as the review above states, the characters are thin and there isn't much of a plot. ...more info
  • Beauty Shop with a Message
    I enjoyed the message of this movie. Never give up your dreams no matter how hard the struggle. Queen Latifah plays Gina who dares to strike out on her own. After being dissed by the very funny Kevin Bacon. The different persons working at the shop. the standouts were Golden Brooks and Alicia Sliverstone. It was good not great but nevertheless if you are a Queen Latifah fan you will enjoy this movie....more info
  • Can Do......................................................
    Ya'll know I love supporting African American's. I mean without us supporting our own where would we be?

    Gina Norris (Queen Latifah) formerly of Chi-town is now a widower. Back to the ATL to live with the in-laws Gina is working in an upscale salon as a beautician with hopes of someday owning her own. She seems to give the opulent clientele what they need in the form of advice, and self love.

    Gina's flippant mouth has to be tamed as she bites her tongue for her over processed boss Jorge (Kevin Bacon) While trying to do Jorge's job Gina gives Lynn (Alicia Silverstone) her chance to show that she's more than a shampoo girl.

    NEVER GON' GET IT! Jorge says as he let's Gina walk out the door. He hasn't weighed the fact that his repeat business is based on the quality she puts in.

    Gina is now more determined that if I want it, then I have to do it!

    What year is it exactly? Gina and her in-laws Paulette (Laura Hayes) and Darnell (Keshia Knight Pulliam) ask as they enter the shop that Gina purchased in the heart of the city. She also inherits a piano player/electrician Joe (Djimon Hounsou) who seems to electrify a lot more.

    FIRST DAY...Gina introduces herself to the ready made staff, and tells them the rules. Before things can completely involve Lynn walks in and two of the would be stylist blow their tops and the unnecessary divas dismiss themselves. Ms. Josephine (Alfrie Woodard) is a pro Black queen who quotes P-H-E-N-O-M-E-N-A-L poems that make the shop rise in U-N-I-T-Y which makes the transition somewhat smoother although Lynn is still a little uncomfortable.

    People always bagging on sistas about ATTITUDE...we come equipped with "tude! It comes with being saddled with raising our kids, striving to get ahead, and just maintaining when everyone seems to beat you down!

    Gina Nelson's story is a feat for women who are trying to do something more than settle! It's a hard knock life for all of us out here! Stay strong sister's...

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  • Cute and funny but nothing new or original...
    I absolutely love Queen Latifah. She makes any movie worth watching in my humble opinion. It's a shame that Latifah aside `Beauty Shop' is rather dull. It's not that it doesn't bring the funny; it's just that it's all funny we've seen many times before. I understand that it's harder and harder these days to find an original concept for anything, but really, watching `Beauty Shop' is like major deja vu. I've seen this done almost word for word before, I swear it.

    The story revolves around Gina, a hairstylist who's fed up with working for the man (that man being the snobbish Jorge). Gina decides it's time to take her talent to the next level and open her own salon. Jorge of course doesn't like this much and begins working to shut her down. Things are difficult, being a single mother and all but she has the support of her friends and this gives her strength to push through. In the meantime Gina is given a huge opportunity when her own conditioner recipe (would it be called that?) is brought to a big wig corporation by a wealthy client. Things look to be going up for Gina, but will they stay up?

    Latifah is funny as Gina. I just love her to death and she always creates the most likable characters. Even if her movies are all B-Grade at best (`Chicago' and 'Set it Off' aside) she always makes the experience worth it. The real standout here though is Kevin Bacon who is obviously overjoyed to be hamming it up as Jorge. His blonde locks and wispy attitude is just such a huge departure for him it's hilarious to see. I don't normally like Bacon but he had me in stitches. Alicia Silverstone also makes her return to the screen here, but her impression is less than impressive. Her accent is obnoxious and I found myself wishing she would get off the screen.

    The cast is huge here with names like Andie MacDowell, Mena Suvari, Alfre Woodard and Djimon Hounsou showing up every now and then. Everyone does a decent job with what they are given and they all seem to work well with one another, feeding off the others energy.

    As far as comedies go this one is funny, it's just very unoriginal. It doesn't mean that you can't find enjoyment out of this one since the laughs are there, just know that you'll have laughed at these gags before. If you're a fan of Latifah or anyone else in the cast then by all means check this one out. I have yet to see either of the `Barbershop' movies but I really need too since I hear they are a laugh riot. I'm sure they are better than this film as far as plot goes. ...more info
  • Queen Latifah Fights Back Against the Establishment
    Most everyone has had a job where they didn't get along very well with the person in charge. Most of us just grin and bear it, knowing that we need the job if we want to put food on the table. But others take a stand by telling the boss to take the job and shove it. This is the setting for this move, "Beauty Shop", a film starring Queen Latifah.

    The plot and dialogue of this movie are rather bland and most viewers will agree there is nothing exceptional to be seen or heard in this movie. There are some funny moments, but the dialogue is, for the most part, very simple and lacking in sophistication. So is the basic plot, which follows a thirty- something woman on her journey from unappreciated hair stylist for an egocentric boss to owner of her own hair styling salon.

    There is one exception to the "ordinary" aspect of this film, and that person is actor Kevin Bacon. He plays the eccentric Jorge- the guy who owns the beauty shop where Queen Latifah is originally employed. Bacon's character is an oddball and the role isn't like any other he has played. I did a double take when I first saw him in this film. I couldn't believe it was Kevin Bacon in such a weird role (for him, that is). Here he is playing this conceited, long- haired guy with an Eastern European accent. The character is too bizarre to be real, but Bacon does grab your attention with this performance, if nothing else because the character is so different for him.

    Queen Latifah is the other standout in this film, even though it doesn't rank among her best acting efforts. The other cast members are ok, but no one is exceptional. The only people who I believe are good and could have been better are Paige Hurd (plays Latifah's young daughter) and Djimon Hounsou (plays Latifah's love interest). Their problem in this movie is that their respective roles are too limited. They don't really get the chance to say very much or perform very much.

    This movie doesn't have much of a message except, perhaps, that things can be achieved with determination and a little help from one's friends. Then why do I recommend seeing it? That is a good question, and one I am not fully prepared to answer. This film isn't very memorable at all and it's the type of movie I would usually recommend against wasting one's money on renting. But Queen Latifah's strong personality and the overall charm of the film make it one worth watching.

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  • I laughed
    This kind of movie is meant for an afternoon of laughs, and it delivered for me. I fail to understand those who would like movies to tippy-toe around racism. Race jokes help to remove the power from the unmentionable in this society. If you enjoy this kind of thing, you would not be dissappointed. It looks like the actors all had fun making this one. Thankyou. Why do I give only three points? It is not high art, and that is OK too....more info
  • Fluff piece but enjoyable
    Queen Latifah plays a hairstylist tired of working for her pretentious boss, starts her own place and deals with problems as they come along. I think Queen Latifah wants to break down stereotypes and is telling the audience not to judge people so quickly. And she's talking to everybody. Black and white people. You have a southern white woman who can dance with the best, a black guy who might or might not be gay, a gay man who isn't what he seems and so on and so forth.

    I thought this was a fun movie to watch if you don't want to think just watch. And Kevin Bacon is wonderful as Jorge, the gay beauty shop owner. I bet he really had fun with that role!
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  • Quantity & Quality ....Fitting for a Queen
    I hesitated on picking this movie up, but I am sooo glad I did. The casting was incredible and the wit was non-stop ! I laughed the whole way through. Good pic-me-up and stay positive movie. Try it. ...more info
  • Queen Laftifah is a Phenomenal Woman
    Gina works for Jorge in a swanky hair salon for the rich and artificial. Her clients love her. Her fellow employees love her. Jorge is constantly on her back about how it is his salon and she represents him. On a particularly nasty day she quits telling him she's going to start her own salon. Jorge laughs not believing she can make it on her own or without him.

    After working her salon magic on a bank agent Gina secures a loan and buys a run down lost in the 80s beauty parlour which she remodels with what little money she has. Things are going great, the clientele is growing and her staff are happy. She might even get a huge cosmetics deal with Cover Girl. Problem is the building inspector keeps showing up and fining her for things she doesn't have the money to repair. The threat of having to close her doors looms every day.

    Beauty shop is produced by phenomenal woman Queen Latifah who also stars as the lead character. Other headliners are Kevin Bacon as the egotistical Jorge, Djimon Hounsou as the electrician piano player who lives above the shop, Alicia Silverstone as the quirky stylist Gina steals from Jorge's studio, Andie MacDowell who plays the rich co-dependent customer and Sheri Shepherd as a pregnant stylist who stays on when Gina takes over.

    This isn't a split your gut laughter kind of movie but it is a hoot. Even if just to see Kevin Bacon dressed up in sparkly clothes and permed hair. This is definitely a girl power movie with lots of positive content for plus size women. One of my favourites is in the opening when Gina is getting ready for work and asks her daughter for her opinion on how she looks.

    "Do you think these pants make my butt look big?" asks Gina.

    "Yeah."

    "Perfect!" says Gina.

    Beauty Shop is a comical look at one woman's attempt to make it on her own and what she can do in the face of adversity if she has a dream, works hard, takes a chance, has friends and doesn't give up on her ideals. All while setting an example for her preteen daughter. Beauty Shop is worth watching. Reviewed by M. E. Wood...more info
  • Boring and a bit Racist
    If it weren't for Queen, this would have been a "0" rating. The movie was boring, but picked up a tiny bit after about 45 minutes. I was shocked at Kevin Bacon's character. He's such a good actor, that I was embarrassed for him.

    The inappropriate sexual and racial comments were offensive. I wonder if the tables were turned and all the beauty shop employees were White with one Black woman, if someone would seek a lawsuit or pickett the movie theaters??? Ridiculous.

    I purchased this DVD for one of my older children for Christmas, but they're not getting it! I'm returning it for a refund if I can!...more info
  • Cute and funny but nothing new or original...
    I absolutely love Queen Latifah. She makes any movie worth watching in my humble opinion. It's a shame that Latifah aside `Beauty Shop' is rather dull. It's not that it doesn't bring the funny; it's just that it's all funny we've seen many times before. I understand that it's harder and harder these days to find an original concept for anything, but really, watching `Beauty Shop' is like major deja vu. I've seen this done almost word for word before, I swear it.

    The story revolves around Gina, a hairstylist who's fed up with working for the man (that man being the snobbish Jorge). Gina decides it's time to take her talent to the next level and open her own salon. Jorge of course doesn't like this much and begins working to shut her down. Things are difficult, being a single mother and all but she has the support of her friends and this gives her strength to push through. In the meantime Gina is given a huge opportunity when her own conditioner recipe (would it be called that?) is brought to a big wig corporation by a wealthy client. Things look to be going up for Gina, but will they stay up?

    Latifah is funny as Gina. I just love her to death and she always creates the most likable characters. Even if her movies are all B-Grade at best (`Chicago' and 'Set it Off' aside) she always makes the experience worth it. The real standout here though is Kevin Bacon who is obviously overjoyed to be hamming it up as Jorge. His blonde locks and wispy attitude is just such a huge departure for him it's hilarious to see. I don't normally like Bacon but he had me in stitches. Alicia Silverstone also makes her return to the screen here, but her impression is less than impressive. Her accent is obnoxious and I found myself wishing she would get off the screen.

    The cast is huge here with names like Andie MacDowell, Mena Suvari, Alfre Woodard and Djimon Hounsou showing up every now and then. Everyone does a decent job with what they are given and they all seem to work well with one another, feeding off the others energy.

    As far as comedies go this one is funny, it's just very unoriginal. It doesn't mean that you can't find enjoyment out of this one since the laughs are there, just know that you'll have laughed at these gags before. If you're a fan of Latifah or anyone else in the cast then by all means check this one out. I have yet to see either of the `Barbershop' movies but I really need too since I hear they are a laugh riot. I'm sure they are better than this film as far as plot goes. ...more info
  • Bad Hair Day
    Oh, dear. How I WANTED to like this movie!!!

    What a cast: Queen Latifah, a beautiful woman, a great soul and a terrific entertainer; Djimon Hounsou, toweringly talented, potent, sexy, AT LAST as the romantic male lead; Alfre Woodard, always awesome, in too small a role; Alicia Silverstone, charming; Della Reece, underused in a cameo; Kevin Bacon-- hysterical!

    But a screenplay in the hands of Kate Lanier, whose previous "credits" include "Glitter", replays every trite and tired cliche which could be shoe-horned into this situation. These actors are too good for the script to do damage to their careers, but the characters are almost all stereotypical. All the laughs-- and there are a few-- are anticipated by the audience; we've heard the jokes, and the laughs are homage to the actors, not the script. One or two conflicts which could have been interestingly developed are de-fanged and de-clawed; for example, it has been observed that the majority of black women start off with a better physical self image than do the majority of white women, an interesting concept that gets two whole lines in the movie. It's a very labored script; the actors are so good they should have abandoned the words on the page and done the entire movie in improvisation. The edge which Queen Latifah brought so comically to "Bringing Down the House" is homogenized into blandness. This is the stale white bread version of a comedy which should have become a classic with these actors, who do their best to give us something on the stage which is clearly not on the page.

    Queen Latifa as Gina, hairdresser extraordinaire, is driven by the hilariously affected Kevin Bacon's "Jorge" to quit his fashionable salon ("you're fired!" "No, I quit" dialogue is embarrassingly overused, even with the delivery talents of Queen Latifah and Kevin Bacon). So Gina "magic make-overs" her way into a small business loan, buying a ghetto-ized salon and homogenizing the decor and humor to accommodate both black and white customers. Hackneyed dialogue and unoriginal challenges fail to deliver even the expected "payoff" shots: where's the shot of Della Reece or of Jorge after their "make-overs"? Why can the only way to get Djimon Hounsou back into the salon at the end of the movie be for him to deliver a bouquet of flowers to Gina? Why didn't they ask someone else to write the screenplay? Why, oh why?

    Sadly, this movie will play better on network TV, where there are commercial breaks, and boredom doesn't have so much opportunity to set in. Maybe there will be some good outtakes and improvisations on the DVD. C- ....more info
  • Beauty Shop is not as funny as it could have been.
    I'll be the first to admit that I'm a big fan of Queen Latifa. She's just so versatile and so immensely talented; she can sing, dance and act, and she has a sassiness that is a beguiling mixture of the adorable and the sexy - she can shake her booty with the best of them. Which is why I expected better from her than what she gives us in Beauty Shop.

    Yes - the film is minimally entertaining, but it's also a rather flat, standard, and pedestrian affair, where the jokes aren't nearly as funny as they should be and where the producers are just content to let the proceedings meander along without much of a plot. There are a few humorous moments, along with occasional randy, and outrageous one-liners, but generally the movie lacks impact and a lot of the humor just doesn't quite work.

    There's no doubt that Beauty Shop is earnest and sweet natured, but it's also a rather ramshackle affair, thrown together from leftover materials and, in the last reel, so rushed to completion that it threatens to collapse from the effort to cobble everything together at the last minute. It doesn't help that the movie is stuck with a PG rating.

    Black women of this nature can be so inherently funny, bawdy, and outrageous that perhaps an R rating would have helped give the film the naughtiness that it so desperately seems to desire. It's as though there's a much better and far more shocking film buried somewhere beneath the blow driers and the bottles of conditioner just waiting to burst out and surprise us.

    Queen Latifah stars as Gina -a talented hair stylist who has moved from Chicago to Atlanta so her child, Vanessa (Paige Hurd), can attend a prestigious music school. She moves in with her mother-in-law (Della Reese) and headstrong sister-in-law Darnelle (Keisha Knight Pulliam) in what looks like a nice suburban house in a good neighborhood - hey, she can park her SUV on the street overnight and not even lock it!

    Unfortunately, she's not happy working at a pompous beauty shop run by her unappreciative, euro trash, and streaky haired boss, Jorge Christophe (Kevin Bacon, having a lot of fun). It's an upscale, fancy place with some nice customers, and the money is pretty good, but Gina can't stand Jorge. He treats her like trash and ends up taking the credit for all her hard work.

    Finally, she quits, and with the help of a back loan, goes off to start her own shop helped by the enthusiastic and sweet-natured stylist Lynn (Alicia Silverstone). The hook is whether Gina will succeed with the colourful assortment of staff that she assembles. There's the eccentric Josephine (Alfre Woodard), outspoken Chanel (Golden Brooks), sassy Ida (Sherri Shepard), as well as a hunky ex-con named James (Byron Wilson).

    It's not long before Gina's having problems with her electricity, but Joe (Djimon Hounsou), comes to the rescue. He's a sexy and hunky electrician who just happens to be living upstairs; he's also a talented musician who encourages Vanessa and also serves as a romantic interest for Gina.

    Much to Jorge's chagrin, Gina begins to attract some regular customers from her old job, most notably Terri (Andie MacDowell), a jittery, neurotic society wife with marital issues, and Joanne (Mena Suvari), a pretentious blonde who has just had some new breast implants.

    Most of the drama comes from the typical struggles Gina faces as she renovates the shop. She has difficulties with employees and also has cash problems as she tries to make ends meet. All of this is fine, and might be enough material for several stand-alone comedy sketches, but it all amounts to a series of scenes instead of a cohesive story with a clear plot, climax and resolution. It also doesn't take much intelligence to figure out who is trying to sabotage her shop and why.

    There are a lot of lines such as "you go girl" complete with the obligatory "sister" and "booty" references, some of which work and some of which don't. Golden Brooks as Chanel and Sherri Shepherd as Ida have most of the funny one-liners and they certainly bring some wackiness and attitude to the shop, but a lot of the humor falls flat, particularly Woodard's character who is reduced to randomly and intermittently reciting poetry.

    Beauty Shop is one of those films that have a cast of thousands with each character seemingly jostling for attention and screen time. Some hog the limelight more than others, with the uninhibited Silverstone, Woodard, Underwood, and Shephard, for example, getting the lions share of the attention, but in the end, it all looks as though Queen Latifa has phoned the film in, merely inviting a bunch of her friends over for lunch and a good gossip. Mike Leonard August 05.
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  • BEAUTY SHOP Needs a Make-over
    Let's get one thing out of the way right off the bat. I'm not African-American, nor am I a woman. So, already, I'm off to a bad start. However, I am the guy that liked BARBERSHOP 2 and DOWN WITH LOVE, so demographics don't mean much. BEAUTY SHOP is the spin-off from the BARBERSHOP series. Gina has packed up and moved out of the BARBERSHOP neighborhood to allow her daughter the opportunity to attend a prestigious music school. However, Gina soon discovers that her new boss, Kevin Bacon with an over-the-top accent, is too much to deal with, so she buys her own beauty shop and the movie officially begins. The film attempts to be a female version of BARBERSHOP with jokes now told from a woman's point of view. Here's where the audience and I parted ways. The audience laughed even when there didn't appear to have been a joke told. There were, from time to time, some hefty laughs from a couple well placed cameos, but for our leading lady, Queen Latifah felt out-of-place. Her track record proves she has the talent, but this film failed to showcase them. That said, the audience loved it. Well, most of it, anyway. The female teenager a few seats over appeared to be ready to walk out a half hour before it was over. And finally, the film couldn't be more formulaic. Not only do you know who is going to end up doing what, but the scenes play out almost entirely like you would predict. Since the film lacked entertainment value for me, a visit from Cedric the Entertainer would have been warmly welcomed. ...more info
  • Enjoyable!
    In this movie we have a woman, Gina, played by Queen Latifah. Gina works in a beauty parolor owned by a rude, self-righteous man. She finally is fed-up with working for someone else and strikes out on her own. It's hard for her, she has a daughter to support but her determination is strong.
    I really liked this movie, it was fun, yet had the message in it to never give up, never. QL does an outstanding job portraying the feelings of Gina and the supporting characters worked well with her. If you get a chance sit down and watch this,very entertaining and upbeat, a story with heart and soul....more info
  • Absolutely Loved It!
    This is the type of movie I can watch over and over and never tire of. The humour is incredible, and I love the way the movie approaches integration from two points of view. A movie that definitely makes my top fave list!...more info
  • Bad hair day
    Definitely a split decision with the wife, who loved it...

    I'm not sure what it was that turned my stomach -- the crude (and constant) sexual commentary, the racial stereotypes and overt racism, the preoccupation with rear ends, the lame acting or the predictable and formulaic script and character development. Maybe it was just a bad batch of popcorn. Whatever it was, by the time I left the theater I had literally lost my appetite.

    The best that can be said of this unintentional disaster movie is that Queen Latifah kept her dignity in the rubble....more info
  • fabulous!
    i saw it in the movies.kept me and my frends laughing constantly.stop and enjoy this FABULOUS chick flick.no it's not like barbershop-it's a chick flick!us women understand it and know how to enjoy a movie for what it is- A MOVIE.this is something for pure entertainment!...more info
  • A very fun movie.
    I liked this movie a lot. Yes, it was pretty predictable for the most part, but it made me laugh. Also, the gag reel was a hoot, be sure to check that out. ...more info
  • Wish I could minus stars - one is too much
    I thought I would be nice and rent this movie for my girlfriend who happens to a hair dresser. We made it twenty minutes into this horror before she insisted we turn it off, which was fine with me because at the five minute mark I was preferring the eternal lake of fire to this absolute drivel.

    If there was humor in the movie it must be subliminal. I highly recommend this movie to twelve year old and under girls who love the whole ghetto craze that is now popular. Also to the brain dead who would laugh at anything.
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  • Comedy at its finest
    Wow, where can I start with this five star comedy? First of all if what you are looking for in a film is an epic masterpiece with legendary plots and non-stop action, this movie is not for you. Alien versus Predator would be the way to go.

    OK, what Beauty Shop brings to the table is strong acting and tons of hilarity. It features an extremely talented musician(Queen Latifiah) as she makes her turn to acting. All I can say is my god the woman is talented. Me and my friends joke about how a doctor should be around when watching this film beacuse your side will be hurting so bad from constant laughter.

    Go see Beauty Shop!!!!!!!...more info
  • The Queen has tooken over
    Beauty shop is a spin off of barbershop 2. this movie stars Quenn Latifah one of the best Female comedians i've seen and kevin bacon. this is a very good movie. last time you saw queen latifah's character in barbershop 2 now you see her in her own baber...i mean "Beauty Shop" movie. this movie is so funny it'll make you laugh alot. it's a must see...more info
  • gotta watch it
    I really would like for others to watch it because it teaches you that even though people discourage you, you should still keep on trying and I want to tell Queen Latifa That I am happy that she was in the movie and that I am her number 1 fan I love you Queen LAtifa...more info
  • Great Family Movie
    Queen Latifah puts her all into anything she does. She really shined in this production, as well as all of the other cast.

    I could not get into Kevin Bacon in this type movie, But I got a lot of chuckles from this movie .

    The movie was good and the actors were superb, but I wish that the parts were stronger.The movie was predictable....more info
  • Beauty Shop!
    Beauty shop is a great movie to me, even though I'm still a kid, it was a great movie!! I thought it was hilarious, and the style that they just made it in was very fun!! I think this movie would be a great movie to watch if you're just looking for a great movie, or if you just want to have a good laugh. I thought this movie was fantastic!! Beauty-Shop Rocks!!...more info
  • So bad you don't even want to diss it
    What a great plot. Woohoo. Latifah gets fired by her wannabe-bad-boss from the beauty shop she was the bomb at, and then decides to open up her own beauty shop.

    And she has to go through so much hassle. I mean, her husband died and she can't make ends meet. Also, she has to prove that she can DO it.

    And then there's Alicia Sliverstone making a big scene about being white. This is 2005. Why do they make such a big deal about colors. In 1996 this movie might have been, erm, outrageous. Not.

    And all the lines were so old. You know what they're gonna say before they've said it. And if you don't, you KNOW you've heard them before. Probably in another Latifah movie.

    It's not worth it. I've laughed more when cars have parked outside my house. And I don't really laugh at that....more info
  • Lady's version of Barbershop!
    After the brothas' got their chance, the sistas' get to show off their stuff. Queen Latifah continues to show her worth as an actress with this funny and entertaining comedy. I thought the ending was sort of a let down. However, this film is still a good one! ...more info
  • What a gem!
    What a lovely surprise Beauty Shop turned out to be! If you like your movies sweet and funny, with a bit of street, you'll love Queen Latifah heading a great ensemble cast including Kevin Bacon as you've never seen him, Alfre Woodard as a hilarious Maya-Angelou-poetry-spouting sistah, and others. The dialogue and interplay between the hairdressers and customers and family members and friends is warm, fun, and always interesting. ...more info
  • From the writer who brought you GLITTER
    Where's Triumph the Insult Comic Dog to plead, "KILL ME NOW!"...more info
  • VIDEO
    FUNNY, DELIGHTFUL AND ALWAYS KEPT ME GUESSING. THIS IS ONE VIDEO I LOVE TO WATCH ANYTIME. THE CAST IS AWESOME....more info
  • They are having a great time down at Gina's salon in "Beauty Shop"
    "Beauty Shop" is a feel good movie. Queen Latifah feels good about herself, which is something I knew going into this movie. I have not see the "Barber Shop" movies, although they are somewhere in my queue. But "Beauty Shop" I checked out as soon as came out on DVD because it had Queen Latifah (I did not know her character was in the second one). Alfre Woodard being in the cast was another good sign, although given the size of the cast you knew she was going to get a bit lost in the festivities, especially since both Alicia Silverstone and Andie McDowell appear in the credits above Woodard, which is not right. But this movie is really Queen Latifah and the members of her chorus, so everybody else is going to be given one or two good moments and then join in on the ensemble fun.

    Her majesty plays Gina, who started out in the south side of Chicago doing thing in the salon next door to the boys in "Barbershop 2: Back in Business." Now she is in Atlanta, a widow with a young daughter who plays classical piano at a pretty good music school. Gina is working in a salon for Jorge (Kevin Bacon), but she is too real for his pretentious and she walks. She gets a loan to open up her own salon, mainly because she knows how to style hair, especially for women who do not know what to do with it. As a matter of fact, this movie makes it clear that Gina can handle the business. It is the business end of the business that threatens her slice of the American dream. Don King hair the woman can handle; it is a bad electrical system and the local building inspector that she can do without.

    There are all sorts of plot elements that I could describe, as well as detailing the specific characters, but none of those matter. Gina wants to create a successful business in an environment where everybody wants to either work or get their hair done. Yes, there are moments of crisis and confrontation, but I really think the key scenes are when things are "normal" at Gina's beauty shop and all that is going on is that Gina and the girls are gabbing while they work, usually listening to DJ Helen (Adele Givens), and sometimes stopping to watch Oprah and contemplate the top of the mountain. You know full well that Gina is going to get her shop and make it successful, and if she wants Joe (Djimon Hounsou) then she is going to get Joe. "Beauty Shop" is an enjoyable movie where you just want to be sitting in front of the fourth wall so you can be in on the fun at Gina's salon, even if you do not fit in half as well as Lynn....more info
  • Attttt
    Man I thought this movie would be good but I thought this movie was one of the best Queen Latifah movies I ever saw. The cast was funny and made you feel like you were right there in the shop, and the hair was flawless, not like Nora's Hair Salon, all they did was comb and flat iron the hair. Oh no, in this movie they weaved, braided, cut, colored, and curled. So unless your a big whinny baby who cant take a joke or two go on and pick up a cop of beauty shop. Now if your caucasion and reading most of the reviews pay attention, after reading one of the reviewers said that this movie might be racist. Now I'll admit they do have a few racial jokes that go over board a bit, you have to look past those jokes and see that the girls learn a lesson about that. So that being said go out and watch it for some great laughs. And I promise you there will be alot....more info
  • racist movie
    What is the deal with the black women in this movie being so cool and the one white woman being an idiot? If there was a movie like this with all white women and one black woman as an idiot then everyone would scream RACISM! ...more info
  • I liked it.
    Typical Latifah vehicle but still fun to watch Bille Woodruff's vehicle starring Queen Latifah is the same Latifah movie vehicle you see with the typical stereotypes,but overall I liked it, I got to admit.

    Gina is the hairstylist starting her own beauty shop, enter her racist and inept former boss, Jorge comes back to wreak havoc on Gina's shop because he tried to steal her credit for her work and she left him.

    Theres a nice storyline with Gina and her young daughter whose taking music lessons to get to a special school was lovely.

    Critics who panned this movie dont know anything I guess theyre not expecting a mulitcultural audience to think about some of the ideas and realiies in the movie. The world is racist,
    its still a white man's world in some parts. Gina has her shop destroyed because Jorge cant stand her success.

    There's a white girl Lynn (Alicia Silverstone) who wants to be black, whats the harm in that? I like rap music, that doesnt make black but certainly it shows that I love some of things the black culture has shared with our very narrowminded society. Yes Lynn's character is dumb and ditzy to some but I took her as just being happy go lucky.

    I thought Queen Latifah's acting was pretty good, always believable, even though shes rich and all ,she still knows how to portray a ghetto character trying to make ends meat.


    I really loved Andie MacDowell's character as Terri, a woman who opens up and joins the beauty shop as a regular customer.

    Mena Suvari steals the show though as overbearing rich (...) of a client, Joanne who basically thinks the world is hers and everyone should obey her orders, if you dont you die.

    Here's actually part of the give and take of the strong where snobby critics fail to mention. Since Joanne is a rich client obviously she can make or break Gina, knowing this she abuses her with insults and still expects her to service her.
    This is like the whole master /slave thing that still apparent today or at another level the division between two classes, the rich and the poor, who still exploit their disadvantages.

    Eventually Gina has to make a decision become the source of abuse for this rich white client or does she tell her to go to hell and pay the price.

    I really loved Queen Latifah in this movie, I think a lot of these roles really shine a like as whats it like in the Urban City when you have many people seeing your poor and working
    hard to make a living basically beat you down and try to keep you there just because
    they can.

    Someone said Kevin Bacon was great but I thought he was crap, he just played some arrogant jerk of a person who like Joanne doesnt care who he hurts as long as they get what they want in the end.

    I am glad he gets his just due.

    Anyhow I give this movie a good thumbs up.
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  • great funny southern movie, subtle reverse racial sub-plots
    I have just watched this movie for the 5th time and love it. I am an Atlanta girl and think this movie perfectly captures the Southern lifestyle. Yes, it is about an African-American Beauty shop, but there are so many reverse racial plots (Vanessa talking about white classical music to the little boy), the 2 Black styists who would not work with Lynn the white stylist). Queen rises above it on many levels, and what I like the most, teaches the people around her to be respectful of each other. I am over 50 and did not find the racial or sexual talk to be offensive. It was funny and appropriate to the situations. There is nothing I would not let my grandchildren see (maybe the sexy dance Lynn does). My husband and I have seen this movie 5-6 times each and we both think it is funny. We think it is a regional thing, because our friends from the South think it is funny, but people up North in Ohio and michigan didn't think it was funny when we watched it last winter. We are not African-American but we really liked the African-American slang aand culture in the movie. Kevin Bacon has captured the tone and attitude of the upscale salon owners that I have met....oh so haughty and snobby. And I have friends like Mena S. And Alica Silverstone...they are just like that, believe me! This movie is a realistic slice of life of Atlanta, that is for sure! Not an Oscar winner, but it sure is FUN! ...more info
  • I HOLLA
    At the end of this movie i had a smile on my face and a happy feeling all over.Queen L well what can i say beautiful,fun and great personality....more info
  • I wish I could give it a zero
    A friend of mine loaned me this movie and to be honest, it has made me question his character. The preceding rave reviews of how great this movie is proves unequivocally that Black people are always going to be on the bottom in America. Our minds are not right. This movie is silly, mindless, poorly written and filled with even more Black caricatures. There is a faction of Blacks working against the mental advancement of the group and they are doing a hell of a job. ...more info
  • name of a song...
    Does anyone know the name of the song that was playing at the club when lynn was dancing with james? I've heard it soo many times but I just don't know the name of it. Help, anyone?...more info
  • AWESOME!!!!!
    This is such a funny movie - Queen Latifa is great in her role as Gina. It's so entertaining while showing the struggle of a regular working person trying to make it in this world. Very Funny!!!!...more info
  • A Definite Hair Don't
    Wait for the DVD; this is OK. It's not good, but it's not horrible. Queen Latifah is great, but even she can't carry this predictable fare....more info
  • One of the strongest movies dealing with integration I think I've seen
    Beauty Shop

    You know, the more I think about it, the more I like Queen Latifah. For the overall uselessness of the movie Bringin' Down da House, that one scene where she transforms into a rich, upper class type public speaker just to show Steve Martin's character that she CAN do it, she just chooses NOT to, definitely shows a side of "black culture" that is much more relatable to-->the fact that (a lot/most/some?) choose that because that's how they WANT to identify themselves, and it's not meant to be confrontational at heart. It's like choosing to be a goth, or a punk, or all of those subcultures almost, conformingly anticonformist, grouping yourself in a similar minded alternative.

    So now we have this movie, where Queen Latifa plays Gina, a stylist whiz who feels underappreciated at her job so opens her own shop, and there she shocks and appalls the neighborhood by bringing in white clientele and white employees and letting them all enjoy the scenery. It's actually one of the strongest movies dealing with integration I think I've seen, basically because when everyone gives trouble to the the white girl, and the white girl's getting upset and disturbed by it, Gina just has to say to her, "Hey, think how I felt in a white shop." Indeed.

    Plus, when dealing with those pesky issues of representation that seems to hover over every mediated creation of "black characters", this one is pretty broad, from the black women who refuse to work with the white woman and leave, to the young "white-speaking" black girl who keeps on getting hit on by the jive-talking twelve-year-old, to the African culture versed man above them who, also, happens to know a thing or two about playing good piano.

    And of course it would be. From the makers of Barbershop, it has that same more critical look at black culture that loves it, and yet knows what it really is and where people on "both" sides take it too seriously. Barbershop was actually quite a wonderful film, mostly because of it's political incorrectness, but also because of the pale-skinned barber who points out that being black is what he wants, not what he has to be born into, and Cedric the Entertainer doing his "Martin Luther King Jr. was a HO!" bit was just too much.

    Now if only this film didn't have ... well... Kevin Bacon. I thought that having Kevin Bacon in it would make it amazing, but it really, really didn't. He's just too weird for a too lightly humored film. Instead, I'd like to point out that this movie has Andie McDowell in a fantastic role, so with that cast, it's got to have SOMETHING to it.

    --PolarisDiB...more info
  • Good idea but delivery falls flat.
    I really wanted to like this movie because, number one, I love Queen Latifah and also because I'm an Atlanta native and I'm always thrilled when my town is highlighted. I just wish it could have been in a better setting. The concept is a good one with Queen as Gina, a widowed mother working as a hairdresser to keep her daughter in music school and deciding to go into business for herself rather than continuing to be abused and disrespected by her boss (Played surprisingly well by Kevin Bacon). Along the way, she falls for the piano playing electrician upstairs (Djimon Honsou) and has to battle her old boss and the building inspector to keep her business going.

    It's just too bad the writing didn't do this film much justice. The script was very mediocre and choppy and the ghetto Southern girl stereotypes, while occasionally funny, were very predictable. Alicia Silverstone's portrayal of the fish-out-of-water hillbilly white girl wasn't very compelling either. While the romance between Gina and Joe was sweet, it was predictable also. As for Golden Brooks, if you're reading this, you are officially typecast!

    With better writing and a little less predictability with the stereotypes, this might have been a pretty good movie. The premise was a good one, most of the characters were very likeable and, for the most part, it was a good clean movie. If you're a major fan of Queen Latifah and get a kick out of ghetto stereotypes as comedy material, this might be a good buy. Otherwise, just rent it.

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