Beauty Shop

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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So-so movie with great cast pushes PG-13 limits.
  • PG-13
  • 2005
  • 105 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Violence
Sex

Extremely strong sexual references for a PG-13.

Language

Extremely strong sexual references for a PG-13.

Consumerism

Intrusive product placements.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

References to drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has some pretty explicit and raunchy material for a PG-13, including a detailed discussion of bikini waxes, conversation about breast implants and sex toys, a reference to a "pimp hat," speculation about whether a character is gay, and some earthy and vivid sexual references ("a freak in the bedroom," references to misshapen genitalia and sex toys). Strengths of the movie include its portrayal of strong, loyal, and independent women and minorities and its frank exploration of racism by both blacks and whites and its depiction of inter-racial relationships.

User Reviews

Adult Written byTending Bloom April 9, 2008

Don't bother.

So many things distrubed me about this movie. The young boy (maybe 12 years old) constantly on the make for sexual favors from older women not to mention his la... Continue reading
Adult Written byLowe's man March 5, 2014

good with some isolated problem areas

Language should be a concern for parents of children 13 or younger, especially with the way one boy talks about women and certain body parts. Having said that,... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byDrzNena914 April 9, 2008
Kid, 11 years old November 17, 2009
Hey, Come on this movie's sexual innuedo will go over the kid's heads! 11+!

What's the story?

Queen Latifah plays Gina, a single mom who walks out of her job working for the Man, the supercilious Jorge (Kevin Bacon) so she can start her own beauty shop. She brings along sweet Lynn (Alicia Silverstone) for a bit of reverse-racism humor and takes on irascible Miss Josephine (Alfre Woodard) for those "No! She did not just say that!" moments. Keshia Knight Pulliam, once little Rudy on "The Cosby Show," is all grown up as Darnelle, Gina's relative who has to learn that a job is more rewarding than getting bling from dates. Like Barbershop, future of Gina's shop is on the line, there is an ex-con (Bryce Wilson) to raise questions about, but most of all, this is a chance to listen in on some outrageously spicy conversations.

Is it any good?

Beauty Shop is a sort of Barbershop 2.0, with Queen Latifah replacing Ice Cube, Alicia Silverstone as Troy Garrity, and Alfre Woodard as Cedric the Entertainer. The script has a second-hand feeling and what plot there is seems like an afterthought, awkward and inconsistent. A big fuss over a possible sale of Gina's special conditioner to Cover Girl fizzles out (Latifah is spokesmodel for Cover Girl).

What the movie has going for it is attractive performers who make it work much better than it should, especially the wonderfully warm and appealing Queen Latifah and certified dreamboat Djimon Hounsou as the electrician who lives upstairs. Silverstone, and Andie MacDowell and Mena Suvari as Gina's customers, do their best but are never able to make their one-note roles rise above the weak screenplay. In other words, this one needs a makeover.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why some of the white and black characters are resistant to becoming friends with each other and why others are not. What lessons does Gina teach Willie and Darnelle?

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