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Recommendation for Beauty Shop featuring Queen Latifah. A feel-good comedy that also feels improvisational, the way some of Spike Lee's lighter films do. (In fact, I was under the impression that Spike Lee had been a producer of the film, but I think I was wrong.) Lots of female characters, who talk to each other often, occasionally even about something other than men. Eye candy of several genders and varieties. Body-positive. Lots of snarks against plastic surgery. Kevin Bacon's character is hilarious.

Things that might be objectionable to some folks: Racist and sexist stereotyping, white girl tokenism, predictable plot, some of the acting is wooden, some of the dialog is unintelligible (at least to me).

I haven't seen the Barbershop films that this is apparently a sequel to.


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Apr. 27th, 2005 06:20 am (UTC)
I just recently saw the first BarberShop film. I adored it. gridlore, who spent several years as the token white guy in his squad in Georgia, was howling with laughter, because so much of it rang true to him.
Apr. 27th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
Hee. I can imagine.
Apr. 27th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
What do you mean by "white girl tokenism"?
Apr. 27th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC)
One of the stylists in the salon was white and was portrayed as a "wannabe black chick." Some reviewers thought this was a cliche and/or offensive. I thought the character was portrayed with affection and wasn't particularly cliched.
Apr. 27th, 2005 05:40 pm (UTC)
I wonder why the reviewers found that offensive? I've run into lots of wannabes of various sorts.
Apr. 27th, 2005 05:58 pm (UTC)
Me too.

I found most of the reviews of the movie annoying and completely missing the point.
Apr. 27th, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC)
I'd call it more of a spin-off than a sequel. Latifah's character in Barbershop II is there strictly to play comic foil for the lead for three minutes, set up the spirit of a beauty shop as being similar to the barbershop next door, and otherwise get us aware of her so Beauty Shop would be a more familiar property.
Apr. 27th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC)
[grin] That makes sense.
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