Saturday, April 16, 2005

A View At the Movies: Beauty Shop

First of all, the cast is unimaginable. Kevin Bacon, Della Reese, Baby of Cash Money, along with Alicia Silverstone, Andie MacDowell, Mena Suvari, and Cheryl Underwood all in the same movie? That's crazy. The premise is that Queen Latifah's character that was introduced in Barbershop 2 moves from Chicago to Atlanta because her daughter is accepted to a prestigious performing arts school. She had to sell her shop and now works at Jorge's (Kevin Bacon)'s salon. Jorge is rude to Latifah and a very promising stylist played by Alicia Silverstone. Latifah's character gets fed up and eventually quits, convinces a loan officer to approve her(after an emergency hairdo), and buys a rundown shop and converts it. She brings Silverstone's character along with her and keeps the best stylists at the new place. Eventually, she bring her relative (Keshia Knight-Pulliam of The Cosby Show ) into the business and the hijinks ensue. Jorge continues to be a thorn in her side, however, and she also finds romance wth an electric repairman ( Amistad's Djimon Hounsou). The movie is funny, silly, honest, and very enjoyable. My only complaint is that once again, the ending seemed a little too Hollywood. But everyone loves happy endings, myself included. So, Beauty Shop gets 4 Blow Dryers. Be Easy.

P.S. Look for Little JJ, a comic discovered on BET's comic talent show Coming To the Stage, as a young hustler. The kid steals the scenes he's in. The boy's got potential!


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