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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Beauty Shop (2005)

So-so comedy about Gina (Queen Latifah) a single mom who works in an upscale beauty shop for an extremely arrogant stylist named Jorge (Kevin Bacon). Fed up with his ways, she walks out and starts her own beauty shop. A helpful handman (Dimjon Housou) helps her fix the place up, and after a few fits and starts, she's in business. Jorge feels threatened by her shop, especially when some of his best customers defect over to her place. He plays dirty trikcs in an attempt to shut her down.

The Queen is likeable in this film, but despite her and some other cast members (Alicia Silverstone, Alfre Woodard, Laura Hayes, Della Reese), the story is routine. Keisha Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy on "The Cosby Show" is featured as a fast tail relative of Latifah's character who is too busy dating the wrong man to watch her step. LisaRaye, an actress from Chicago who is currently on the TV series "All Of Us" has a small part, as does Golden Brooks, who is a cast member on TV's "Girlfriends". Kimora Lee, ex-wife of mogul Russell Simmons, appears as a hard to please customer. Andie MacDowell (Four Weddings and A Funeral) plays a ditzy Southern belle.

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