A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
African-American heritage is celebrated in a mother-son scene. Jenny realizes her salon is worth fighting for because of what it means to the community.
Violence & Scariness
A gay man is "egged" by a group of guys who insult him. A woman is verbally abused by her boyfriend; two women get into a pushing fight at the salon.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Many conversations about sex, adultery, various characters' bodies, "jungle fever," oral sex techniques, etc. One stylist kisses her married boyfriend.
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"S--t," "jackass," "damn," "ho," "bitch," "ass," etc. Hate words like "faggot," "homo," and the "N" word.
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Products & Purchases
Nintendo, Ben Affleck (and his movie Daredevil, Dunkin' Donuts.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Discussion of the neighborhood's drug users, but no on-screen drugs. A homeless wino is featured in several scenes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is an urban comedy in the style of Barbershop and Beauty Shop. The action takes place in a Baltimore hair salon where no topic is off-limits. The stylists discuss homosexuality (one of them is gay), sex, adultery, interracial relationships, spanking, and more. In one scene, a street walker is challenged to demonstrate the tricks of her trade on a banana. Homophobia is addressed throughout the film, most prominently when the openly gay stylist gets egged by insult-hurling teens. Some of the conversations may be too raunchy for young teens -- but, on the flip side, the movie offers a positive representation of minority-run businesses that are important in their communities. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In addition to all the candid (read: raunchy) conversations about sex, ass-whuppin' mamas, and guys who live on the down low, the flimsy plot has the salon getting bought out due to eminent domain. Will the kooky crew of stylists and their clients have nowhere to hang and holler? Heaven forbid! If it weren't for Jenny's single earnest lecture to her son about all the highlights of African-American history, The Salon would seem like a start-to-finish affront to black culture.
And by now, the comic setting of an urban hair shop has been duly covered by Barbershop, its sequel, and Beauty Shop. But apparently nobody told writer-director Mark Brown that, because he went ahead and made yet another comedy about THE SALON.
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