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Beauty Shop (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 30 March 2005 (USA)
A determined hairstylist (Queen Latifah) competes with her former boss (Kevin Bacon) after opening her own business in Atlanta.

Director:

Bille Woodruff

Writers:

Elizabeth Hunter (story), Kate Lanier (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Queen Latifah ... Gina Norris
Alicia Silverstone ... Lynn
Andie MacDowell ... Terri
Alfre Woodard ... Ms. Josephine
Mena Suvari ... Joanne
Della Reese ... Mrs. Towner
Golden Brooks ... Chanel
Laura Hayes ... Paulette (as Miss Laura Hayes)
Paige Hurd ... Vanessa
Lil J.J. ... Willie (as L'il JJ)
LisaRaye McCoy ... Rochelle (as Lisaraye McCoy)
Keshia Knight Pulliam ... Darnelle
Sherri Shepherd ... Ida
Kimora Lee Simmons ... Denise
Sheryl Underwood ... Catfish Rita
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Storyline

You thought you'd heard it all in the barbershop, but you haven't heard anything yet - the women get their own chance to shampoo, shine, and speak their minds in Beauty Shop. Written by MGM Studios

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Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for sexual material, language and brief drug references | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Salón de belleza See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,801,465, 3 April 2005

Gross USA:

$36,351,350

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,245,453
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Djimon Hounsou and Kimora Lee Simmons started dating two years after this film was completed, and had one son together. They broke up in 2012. See more »

Goofs

After Vanessa's recital, Gina is on her way to the shop. You see her get in the car, but while the car is heading down the street, you can see that there is another female driver, not Queen Latifah, driving. See more »

Quotes

Chanel: I know Botox Barbie didn't just call me ignorant!
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Connections

Spoofs The Warriors (1979) See more »

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Written by Erica Dymakkus, Corron Cole
Performed by Erica Dymakkus
Courtesy of Tha Movement
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Booty Shop
30 March 2005 | by kergillianSee all my reviews

This was Booty Shop more than Beauty Shop, and a spin off with a strong cast and a lot of potential was buried in silliness. The Barbarshop films were successful because they were feel good, fun and had a sense of victory for the hardworking father.

This time, we have the exact same sentiments in reverse - mother instead of father, all women stylists except the one guy, all black except the one white girl - except instead of having a white guy who is trying to be a boy from the hood from the outset, we have a girl who forgoes her personality in favour of becoming a black wannabe. So the message from that perspective is that in order to fit in and be accepted one must conform to be just like everyone else. Good for a few laughs, but loses something in the translation.

The standouts here are Kevin Bacon who is outstanding and hilarious as Jorge the not- quite-Austrian salon owner, and Djimon Hounsou, who is charming and catches you with the kindest face in film.

The rest of the cast are average, each actor and actress playing themselves and bringing nothing special to the table.

On the whole, this film is just a shadow of the Barbershop films, basically trying to emulate them frame by frame, except for one important aspect: this film has no plot. No story. it's just a bunch of scenes strung together by the overall premise of a beauty shop owner trying to make it in this crazy world. No story and no Cedric the entertainer and a ton of excessively vulgar booty humour equals a poor (wo)man's Barbershop. I'd save your tenner and wait for the DVD - or better yet, rent the Barbershop films. They're the better bet, as the originals usually are when compared with the clones. 5/10.


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