The Pilot Of A Failed Sitcom

 

Beauty Shop (2005) Review 5
Director:Bille Woodruff,
Starring:Queen Latifah, Alicia Silverstone, Andie MacDowell, Alfre Woodard, Mena Suvari, Kevin Bacon, and Djimon Hounsou
Length:0 minutes
Rated:PG-13

 

Obviously, if you have a hit movie, there has to be a sequel, and if the sequel is a hit as well, then you might as well have a “III”, and that’s what they’ve done here, or at least tried. This time they took one of the lesser characters, Gina Norris (Queen Latifah), from the beauty parlor across the way, and sent her down south to Atlanta, Georgia to start up a new location for the franchise.

What we’ve got is a “PC” failed comedy with a bit of a (reverse) racist tone, a very weak script, and some acting good enough to almost, but not quite be able to save the movie.

When we first see Gina, she’s working at a posh salon run by the Eurotrash poseur Jorge (Kevin Bacon), who treats her, and her talented white friend Lynn (Alicia Silverstone) like dirt. Enough is enough. Gina quits, and with pluck and grace manages to get a small business loan with which to buy rundown salon of her own in the ‘hood.

Here, with Lynn in tow, she opens her salon with the people who were working there before. They’re all eccentric from Miss Josephine (Alfre Woodard), who tells fortunes and channels Maya Angelou, to Ida (Sherri Sheperd) who’s pregnant and foul-mouthed, to Gina’s sister’n’law (Keshia Knight Pulliam), who’s apt to get into trouble. Then there’s Joe (Djimon Hounsou), who’s there to be lusted over (this is a chick flic, after all).

The story is for the most part useless and thin–the pilot of a failed sitcom. The sisterhood is a powerful type of thing. If you’re a guy you won’t like it too much. This has a very limited audience and if you’re not part of the target you might as well save your money.