Good Hair (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary, Comedy  |  23 October 2009 (USA)
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Chris Rock explores the wonders of African-American hairstyles.



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Credited cast:
Tanya Crumel ...
Herself - Hair Battle Contestant
Kevin Kirk ...
Himself - Hair Battle Contestant
Himself - Hair Battle Contestant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marvet Britto ...
A'Lelia Bundles ...
Herself (as Salt-N-Pepa)
Herself (archive footage)
Cheryl 'Salt' James ...
Herself (as Salt-N-Pepa)


Chris Rock, a man with two daughters, asks about good hair, as defined by Black Americans, mostly Black women. He visits Bronner Brothers' annual hair convention in Atlanta. He tells us about sodium hydroxide, a toxin used to relax hair. He looks at weaves, and he travels to India where tonsure ceremonies produce much of the hair sold in America. A weave is expensive: he asks who makes the money. We visit salons and barbershops, central to the Black community. Rock asks men if they can touch their mates' hair - no, it's decoration. Various talking heads (many of them women with good hair) comment. It's about self image. Maya Angelou and Tracie Thoms provide perspective. Written by <>

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Rated PG-13 for some language including sex and drug references, and brief partial nudity | See all certifications »


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23 October 2009 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,043,732 (USA) (9 October 2009)


$4,157,104 (USA) (26 February 2010)

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1.78 : 1
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Singer Jamelia covered similar territory in her 2008 documentary Jamelia: Whose Hair Is It Anyway? (2008). See more »


Chris Rock: How old were you when you first got your relaxer?
Maya Angelou: Oh god. I was about seventy.
Chris Rock: Seventy? You went your whole life...
Maya Angelou: Not my whole life, I'm still alive!
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Referenced in The Oprah Winfrey Show: Episode dated 9 October 2009 (2009) See more »


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Good Movie
30 July 2013 | by (South Florida) – See all my reviews

While this is not the greatest movie ever or even the last word about (mainly) black women's hair, it's well worth seeing, and strikes a nice balance between being entertaining and informative. Chris Rock is basically learning as he goes, and he sort of functions as a surrogate for us viewers. It's definitely an Obama-era movie: whenever it starts to get critical, it backs off a little and is careful not to offend any group. His style of questioning can be a bit cheeky but he's always engaging. The film keeps focus on the creative/fashion side, rightly so, I think. If you're up for something different, interesting but certainly not heavy, I recommend it.

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