Promotional release poster
|Directed by||Bille Woodruff|
|Produced by||David Hoberman
George Tillman, Jr.
|Screenplay by||Kate Lanier
Norman Vance, Jr.
|Story by||Elizabeth Hunter|
|Music by||Christopher Young|
|Cinematography||Theo van de Sande|
|Edited by||Michael Jablow|
Beauty Shop is a 2005 American comedy film directed by Bille Woodruff. The film serves as both a third installment and a spin-off of the Barbershop film franchise, and stars Queen Latifah as Gina, a character first introduced in the 2004 film Barbershop 2: Back in Business. This film also stars Alicia Silverstone, Andie MacDowell, Mena Suvari, Kevin Bacon and Djimon Hounsou.
Gina Norris is a widowed hairstylist who has moved from Chicago to Atlanta so her daughter, Vanessa, can attend a private music school. She's made a name for herself as a stylist, but after her self-centered boss, Jorge, criticizes her decisions, she leaves and sets up her own shop, purchasing a run-down salon by the skin of her teeth by helping out a loan officer.
Upon buying the salon, she runs into instant barriers: loudmouthed young stylists, older clients who are set in their ways, an energetic young boy named Willie who constantly flirts with women (including Vanessa) while filming for his next music video, people wary of her ability as a hairdresser and the constant trouble her rebellious sister-in-law, Darnelle, finds herself in. Gina issues an ultimatum with Darnelle to clean up her act and start paying her back or she will be evicted. In a short time, the previous owner's clients become her own and many of her former customers find their way from Jorge's to her salon. When electrical issues arise, she finds that the upstairs renter, Joe, is a handsome electrician from Africa who eventually bonds with Vanessa due to his skills on the piano. Because Jorge is jealous that his shop is losing clients to Gina's, he pays a health inspector named Crawford, to find various ways to shut down Gina's business.
Over time, neighborhood regulars frequent the shop and the varied stylists become close to Gina, as does Joe. One of her former clients from Jorge's even uses her connections to set up a meeting with Cover Girl for Gina's homemade miracle conditioner, affectionately called "hair crack".
Tragedy strikes when the shop is trashed and heavily vandalized the night before Vanessa's big piano recital. When Gina next enters the shop, she finds not only that her staff has cleaned up the majority of the mess and brought items from home so the shop could operate, but Darnelle has also decided to grow up and enter beauty school. While filming for his next topic, Willie tapes a meeting between Jorge and Inspector Crawford. Someone then breaks in and vandalizes Gina's shop, but the girls chip in and repair it. Shortly, a disheveled woman enters the shop and begs for someone to fix her hair for a wedding she has in a few hours. Soon after, Willie shows Gina the videotape of a meeting he filmed of Jorge and Inspector Crawford. Later that night, Gina goes to Jorge's salon to not only tell him about the tape, but that she knows he is not Jorge from Austria, but George Christie from Nebraska. No sooner that Gina leaves, James (Gina's only male employee) and a few of his friends give Jorge an extreme haircut as payback for what he did to her in trying to close her shop.
Later, as the shop listens to their favorite radio talk show host DJ Hollerin' Helen, they find out she was the desperate customer on the way to the wedding as she gives the shop (and Gina's "hair crack" conditioner) a shout out on the radio.
- Queen Latifah as Gina Norris
- Alicia Silverstone as Lynn. She is the only white stylist in Gina's salon, but in the end manages to get accepted by the others, even ending up with James.
- Andie MacDowell as Terri
- Alfre Woodard as Ms. Josephine
- Mena Suvari as Joanne Marcus
- Lil' JJ as Willie. Although he is quite rude (especially to Vanessa), he does his best to help and seems to really care what happens to Gina and her family.
- Adele Givens as DJ Helen
- Kevin Bacon as Jorge
- Djimon Hounsou as Joe. He is a jazz pianist, a plumber and Gina's love interest.
- Bryce Wilson as James
- Crystal Garrett as Woman
- Della Reese as Mrs. Towner
- Golden Brooks as Chanell
- Jim Holmes as Inspector Crawford
- Joyful Drake as Mercedes
- Tawny Dahl as Porsche
- Keshia Knight Pulliam as Darnelle
- Laura Hayes as Paulette
- Octavia Spencer as Big Customer
- Paige Hurd as Vanessa Norris, Gina's daughter. She is a talented, funny pianist a, but she has lost her passion since her father died. Joe helps her, and she sets him and Gina up in return.
- Reagan Gomez-Preston as Womani
- Sherri Shepherd as Ida
- Sheryl Underwood as Catfish Rita
- Cameo appearances
- Birdman as Glen
- Ki Toy Johnson as Neighborhood Girl
- Kimora Lee Simmons as Denise
- LisaRaye McCoy as Rochelle
- Wilmer Valderrama as Corky
Reviews for the film were mixed; it earned a 39% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from the users, and a higher 54% from the critics, with the consensus being that the film itself was not the equal of Queen Latifah's strong performance. Allmovie gave the film 3/5 stars, with reviewer Derek Armstrong saying that while the film sticks to the same formula which made the Barbershop films so successful, it still "bursts with life, having attracted a spectrum of enthusiastic performers and a script that exceeds broad character types." At Metacritic, the film has averaged a 53 rating from critics, and an almost identical 5.4/10 rating from users. The best reviews for the film have come from Yahoo! Movies, where the critics have given the film a B- average, and users helped it to earn a B+.
Awards and nominations
2005 BET Comedy Awards
- Outstanding Directing for a Theatrical Film — Bille Woodruff (nominated)
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Theatrical Film — Queen Latifah (nominated)
- Outstanding Theatrical Film (nominated)
- Outstanding Writing for a Theatrical Film — Audrey Wells, Kate Lanier, Norman Vance Jr. (nominated)
2005 Black Movie Awards
- Outstanding Achievement in Writing — Kate Lanier, Norman Vance Jr. (nominated)
- Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role — Queen Latifah (nominated)
- Choice Movie Actress: Comedy — Queen Latifah (nominated)
- Choice Movie Hissy Fit — Queen Latifah (nominated)
- Choice Movie Sleazebag — Kevin Bacon (nominated)
- Choice Rap Artist in a Movie — Queen Latifah (nominated)
- Best Actress — Queen Latifah (nominated)
- Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture — Queen Latifah (nominated)
- "Beauty Shop (2005)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 5, 2010.
- http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1139289-beauty_shop/, Rotten Tomatoes
- http://www.allmovie.com/cg/avg.dll?p=avg&sql=1:302684~T1, Allmovie Review
- http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/beautyshop?q=Beauty%20Shop, Metacritic
- http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1808543769/info, Yahoo! Movies
- Beauty Shop at the Internet Movie Database
- Beauty Shop at AllMovie
- Beauty Shop at Box Office Mojo
- Beauty Shop at Metacritic
- Beauty Shop at Rotten Tomatoes