Friday, February 26, 2010

Beauty Shop

Beauty Shop / Beauty Shop. US (c) 2005 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Inc. Presents a State Street Pictures / Mandeville Films production A Flavor Unit Films production. P: David Hoberman, Robert Teitel, George Tillman, Jr., Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere. D: Bille Woodruff. SC: Kate Lanier, Norman Vance, Jr. – based on the story by Elizabeth Hunter. DP: Theo Van de Sande - Panavision 2,35:1 - DeLuxe. ED: Jon Gary Steele. M: Christopher Young. S: Mark Mangini. ED: Michael Jablow. Cast: Queen Latifah (Gina), Alicia Silverstone (Lynn), Andie MacDowell (Terri), Alfre Woodard (Ms Josephine), Mena Suvari (Joanne), Della Reese (Mrs. Towner), Golden Brooks (Chanel), Miss Laura Hayes (Paulette), Paige Hurd (Vanessa), L'il JJ (Willie), LisaRaye McCoy (Rochelle), Keshia Knight Pulliam (Darnelle), Sherri Shepherd (Ida), Kimora Lee Simmons (Denise), Sheryl Underwood (Catfish Rita), Bryce Wilson (James), Kevin Bacon (Jorge), Djimon Hounsou (Joe). 105 min. A MGM (Culver City) print via Hollywood Classics viewed at Cinema Orion (Black History Month), Helsinki, 26 Feb 2010.

A good print with a photochemical look (consistently warm hues). Sisters are doing it for themselves: this continuation to the Barbershop films is a comedy adventure in black female self-confidence and enterprise. Queen Latifah carries the film with great performances from Alfre Woodard, Djimon Hounsou, etc. Kevin Bacon creates a bold white macho caricature. Enough is enough, and soon Gina's Beauty Shop is opened despite many adversities. - Too tired to stay, I just watched the first half an hour.

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