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Beauty Shop (2005)

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


Bille Woodruff


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





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


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Queen Latifah and Alfre Woodard would later work together again in the 2012 television movie Steel Magnolias, which was a remake of the 1989 film. See more »


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 »


Chanel: I know Botox Barbie didn't just call me ignorant!
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Features The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »


Written by Kina Cosper, Mark Batson, Che Pope
Performed by Kina Cosper (as Kina)
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Not another installment to another movie that makes us look stupid
18 April 2005 | by raysondSee all my reviews

Here we go again. This time around it is a gender switch spin off,or in other words another lame sequel to the successful "Barbershop" films where we have again another installment to a movie where we have black actors up on the screen making themselves look repulsively stupid,but this time around its "us" clowning and acting foolish in front of the "man". In this installment,Queen Latifah,who not only serves as the star but also the co-writer and executive producer of this film,moves her location from Chicago(where the first two "Barbershop" films were located)to Atlanta to set up and operated her own salon. Accompanying her is her daughter from a previous marriage where she is a divorcée trying to start her life over. But here is where the movie has its flaws,and I mean a lot of them,which for one there is no plot in this film better yet the lack some of the material missing from the screenplay as one of the benefactors,where as the story(or what story)involves some underhanded scheme to shutdown her business by her ex-boss,a Euro-trash,Euro-gay hairstylist played by Kevin Bacon,who basically is greatly miscast here(which is nothing more than a paycheck cashing role) but in turn is a "gay" character and where will you find a villainous characters with homosexual tendencies,and it is a first in this movie. And this wasn't the first time either,feel me?

The cultural/communal side of the film fuels the movie's entire masculine forebear is casting aside in favor of lame repetitive gags,racist intolerable humor,which to me wasn't funny in the least bit,and not to mention a love-interest between Queen Latifah and a miscast Djimon Hounsou(who is way better more dramatic roles than in comedies,since you can tell this was not his cup of tea). Also this film brings out more racial intolerance by promoting racial assimilation within its own coalition of ignorance bliss. Like another production by Queen Latifah,2003's "Bringing Down The House","Beauty Shop" ranks right up there with some of the WORST films ever made by African-Americans,and need I say more? Who remembers the films "The Cookout","Breakin All The Rules",and last year's fiasco of racial intolerance,"Soul Plane". As far as the rest of the cast in concern,it features Andie MacDowell as a repressed housewife who finds liberation within the bounds of the shop,while Alicia Silverstone sports one of the fakest Southern accents I ever heard(and to make a point you haven't heard from her since until now,and its has been 10 years since "Clueless",the last good film since was in,and it has been 8 years since her fling as an obese "Batgirl" in the dreaded installment to "Batman and Robin",does anyone remember that?)this side of Elly May Clampett and the other side of Daisy Duke,who not only develops some self-esteem,but embracing the joys of inner-racial harmony within the confines of the shop. The rest of them consists of Golden Brooks(of the UPN series,"Girlfriends"),Alfre Woodard,and half of the BET comic view elite which consists of Miss Laura and Sheryl Underwood.

I saw this movie with a packed house crowd at the nearby cinema one Saturday afternoon,and to me some of the scenes weren't funny....it was revolting and very distasteful where will see at the end of the movie where topics of conservation begin at the closing credits start rolling that is when you get a hint at what this movie could have been,or should have been about. Again,we have another movie in which we look at ourselves again in which we make ourselves look stupid in front of the man. I would like to see some positive movies come out featuring positive roles for African-Americans where we don't want to see nobody get killed off or start cussing all over the place during the first fifteen-twenty minutes of the movie.

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Release Date:

30 March 2005 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,801,465, 3 April 2005

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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