Was originally suppose to be a third part to the popular barbershop series but formed it's own title soon after. See more »
When Terry comes in after the shop is re-opened she comes in with her hair on her shoulder and when she starts talking to Gina it is behind her. In the next shot it is back on her shoulder. See more »
Well, how about when you're making mad, passionate love and he reaches his climax, and that one tear rolls down his face like Denzel Washington in "Glory?"
Then you got him whipped!
She had to say Denzel... she couldn'ta said Brad Pitt. Hell, she coulda said Bozo the Clown!
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Being an admirer of Queen Latifah, who I believe as a great talent, I really to like this film. But I'm afraid I can't recommend it.
First, it is clear the cast and crew think the script funnier than it is; that's important, because it means there are going to be editing mistakes - not glaring ones like mismatched shots in inter-cut, but mistakes in timing, when the editor thinks there's a audience laugh to be allowed for with the brief "take" of an actor's response to a line or slow-burn; but the laugh doesn't arrive, so the takes are just dead time, dragging the film down.
Which of course leads to the second problem , the film's pacing. It is very erratic. Some scenes have no build-up, some have too much and end up over-extended which all amounts to "slow"; there are actually 'slow comedy' techniques (Jack Benny was a master). But this is basically a sit-com without a laugh track, so it needs to move at a real clip; but it doesn't.
Finally there's manner in which Latifah is presented. The director clearly admires her acting as much as I do, but he keeps trying to emphasize it. Latifah understands that an actor only needs small gestures and expressions on film, since the camera enlarges everything; but the director here really tries to bring our attention to her performance so that she appears to be over-acting sometimes when that is not the case - actually, the camera lingers too long, there are too many close-ups and they are too close for the naturalistic performance Latifah is trying to accomplish.
That happens, to a lesser extent, with all the actors, all of whom are doing their best.
But it's a weak script to start with, and the director hasn't yet found a focus that elevates it, so the acting gets pretty lost along the way.
Watchable, but not much more.
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