If you liked Barber Shop, you’re probably looking forward to seeing the sequel Beauty Shop. If you’ve already made plans you may want to change them. Gina Norris (Queen Latifah) has made a name for herself as a superb hair stylist in Atlanta. Her boss, Jorge Christophe (Kevin Bacon) puts her down and takes credit for her work (sound familiar?) so she quits and takes the obnoxious shampoo girl Lynn (Alicia Silverstone) with her. She buys a rundown beauty shop and inherits a group of fast talking, opinionated hair stylists. Her trouble begins when the city inspector sites her for garbage in the alley and faulty electrical wiring. All is not lost because there is a sexy, piano playing electrician named Joe (Djimon Hounsou) living above the shop who repairs things for Gina. Don’t ask me how, but someone was actually paid for writing this script. Not only does he fix the beauty shops electrical problems, he teaches Gina’s daughter piano. To add to the joy and confusion – thank goodness I couldn’t see this – he has a two minute kissing scene with Gina. Since Queen Latifah is one of the producers I’m sure she added that for herself. I thought this film was going to use the same entertaining formula as Barber Shop. Not a chance. It has 2 or 3 good jokes but it’s not that funny, it’s not that clever and it doesn’t even have a social redeeming quality. The acting was laughable (at least there was something to laugh at) and Alicia Silverstone should change from acting to maybe making little umbrellas for martinis. I never thought I would say this, but bring back Ice Cube. He’s starting to look good. (No pun intended.) This film isn’t totally in the trash but it’s hanging on the edge with a D+ rating.
This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.