Beauty Shop

Beauty Shop

3.0 5
Director: Bille Woodruff

Cast: Bille Woodruff, Queen Latifah, Sherri Shepherd, Lil' J.J.

While the men of Barbershop and Barbershop 2 have plenty to mouth off about, they may have met their match in the female staff and clientele of a nearby beauty shop. Directed by Bille Woodruff, Beauty Shop revolves around these women led by Gina (Queen Latifah), who opened Beauty Shop to give all the females in the community, from a conservative


While the men of Barbershop and Barbershop 2 have plenty to mouth off about, they may have met their match in the female staff and clientele of a nearby beauty shop. Directed by Bille Woodruff, Beauty Shop revolves around these women led by Gina (Queen Latifah), who opened Beauty Shop to give all the females in the community, from a conservative Southern socialite (Andie MacDowell) to a poetry-reciting stylist, a place to talk about life, love, and the issues of the day, all while getting their hair done. Bryce Wilson puts in a supporting performance, as does Kevin Bacon, who plays the snooty owner of a rival salon. ~ Tracie Cooper

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
An unapologetic, gender-reversed spin on the hugely successful Barbershop movies, this predictable but energetic comedy provides a showcase for the irrepressible Queen Latifah. The erstwhile Dana Owens, whose fine work in character roles includes her Academy Award-nominated turn as Mama Morton in Chicago, portrays single mom and hairstylist Gina Norris, a favorite of customers at the posh salon where she works. Tired of taking verbal abuse from her sarcastic boss, Jorge (a hilariously fey Kevin Bacon), Gina quits to open her own shop in a less fancy part of town. Accompanied by sweet but ditzy Lynn (Alicia Silverstone) and aided by sexy electrician Joe (Djimon Hounsou), she gives the new venture everything she’s got -- including money she can ill afford to lose. Although the Barbershop films were ensemble efforts that gave ample footage to their supporting players, Beauty Shop rests primarily on Latifah’s shoulders, although director Bille Woodruff (Honey) surrounds her with such talented and well-known performers as Bacon, Silverstone, Andie MacDowell, Mena Suvari, and Della Reese. She manages the burden quite easily, though, breezing through the comedic scenes and handling the dramatic ones with conviction. There are plenty of laughs to be had -- and some romance, too -- so settle into a seat under the dryer and enjoy this agreeable little movie.
All Movie Guide
Beauty Shop sticks so closely to the Barbershop template, it's as much a female replica of those films as Ms. Pac-Man is a female version of Pac-Man. Queen Latifah builds on her cameo role from Barbershop 2: Back in Business, taking over the central role from Ice Cube and trying to open her own salon in Atlanta. Add in Alicia Silverstone, echoing Barbershop's white hairdresser "trying to be black," and another generous helping of workplace debates on contemporary issues (here instigated by a sassy radio DJ), and you've got a pretty strict adherence to a pretty successful formula. Not the tired retread one might expect, however, Beauty Shop bursts with life, having attracted a spectrum of enthusiastic performers and a script (by a trio of female writers) that provides them enough depth to exceed broad character types. Beauty Shop displays a curious ambivalence about riding the coattails of its predecessors -- it certainly relies on the name recognition, but the only cursory reference to the earlier films is that Gina hails from Chicago, where they were set. Perhaps that's due to carving out its own identity as a crossover film; Andie MacDowell, Mena Suvari, and Kevin Bacon (vamping wildly as a Eurotrash salon owner) join Silverstone in comprising the white half of a truly multicultural cast. Beauty Shop values its female-ness over its ethnicity, as many of the issues surround how men treat their women and how women can compete in a man's world. Latifah is the den mother overseeing this hub of intersecting lives, always displaying the confidence and character that has turned her into an A-list star. The result is a mostly witty and observant piece of feminism lite, one that doesn't need a man -- or the largely male movie that spawned it -- to walk tall.

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Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Features both widescreen and full screen movie presentations; "Beauty Shop: Inside the Style" featurette; Gag reel; Selected scenes audio commentary by director Bille Woodruff

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Queen Latifah Gina Norris
Sherri Shepherd Actor
Lil' J.J. Actor
Kevin Bacon Jorge Christophe
Djimon Hounsou Joe
Alicia Silverstone Lynn
Mena Suvari Joanne Marcus
Andie MacDowell Terri Green
Paige Hurd Vanessa
Alfre Woodard Miss Josephine
Bryce Wilson James
Wilmer Valderrama Actor
Golden Brooks Chanel
Keshia Knight Pulliam Darnelle
Laura Hayes Paulette
Della Reese Mrs. Towner
Omari Hardwick Byron

Technical Credits
Bille Woodruff Director
Matt Alvarez Executive Producer
Erik Baiers Producer
Elizabeth Cantillon Producer
Will Clark Asst. Director
Kim Coleman Casting
Shakim Compere Producer
Tim Cooney Sound/Sound Designer
Ice Cube Executive Producer
Sharen Davis Costumes/Costume Designer
David Hoberman Producer
Michael Jablow Editor
Kevin Kavanaugh Art Director
Kate Lanier Screenwriter
Todd Lieberman Executive Producer
Queen Latifah Producer
Jon Gary Steele Production Designer
Robert Teitel Producer
Victoria Thomas Casting
George Tillman Producer
Theo Van de Sande Cinematographer
Norman Vance Screenwriter
Audrey Wells Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/Hotlanta A.M.
2. Who You Callin' Moniker?
3. Terri's Terrible Troubles
4. A Loan to Own
5. Quicker Fixer-Upper
6. White Wind of Change
7. Old Clients, New Style
8. Too Sexy for Her Smock
9. Monkey Love, Monkey Bread
10. Beautiful Braided Brother
11. Girl's Gotta Represent
12. Knight in Electric Armor
13. Hair Crack and Bee Stings
14. Getting His Man
15. Something to Celebrate
16. Ready or Not
17. A Problem at the Shop
18. Back in Business
19. A Phenomenal Woman
20. End Credits


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Beauty Shop 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was a total waste of time. Latifah's attempt to cash in on the Barbershop popularity is understandable, and this movie had the potential to be just as funny as Barbershop but instead it falls flat on it's face. I barely laughed at all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was the worst. Not only did Alicia Silverstone make off with the gorgeous black guy (???), the movie was rampant with ridiculous stereotypes. I fast forwarded through a few scenes. HORRIBLE. The only thing I liked was a sexy cameo by Wil Valderamma. Oh, and Kevin Bacon was excellent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went to go see this movie with my mom and it is hilarious!! I love Queen Latifa, but I didn't think it would be funny like the barbershop movies, but I ended up seeing it 4 times at the movies. I laughed so hard every single time I saw it. Its a great movie, definitely worth buying, if you haven't seen it, do so.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well obviously from the other reviewers, you are either going to love this one or hate it. I loved it! I've watched it several times, and am putting it on the list to own. Queen Latifah is such a talented lady, and the Alicia Silverstone character makes this a movie to be enjoyed regardless of race. Props to the Queen!!