Beauty Shop

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Beauty Shop
Beauty Shop.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBille Woodruff
Screenplay by
Story byElizabeth Hunter
Produced by
CinematographyTheo van de Sande
Edited byMichael Jablow
Music byChristopher Young
Distributed byMGM Distribution Co. (United States)
20th Century Fox (International)[1]
Release date
  • March 30, 2005 (2005-03-30)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$25 million[2]
Box office$37.2 million[3]

Beauty Shop is a 2005 American comedy film directed by Bille Woodruff. The film serves as 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 has made a name for herself as a stylist, but after her self-centered and domineering boss, Jorge, criticizes her decisions, she quits and sets up her own shop, purchasing a run-down salon with the help of a loan officer.

Upon buying the salon, she runs into instant barriers: loudmouthed young stylists, older clients who are fixed in their habits, 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 uses her connections to set up a meeting with CoverGirl for Gina's homemade miracle conditioner, affectionately called "hair crack".

Tragedy strikes when the shop is trashed and 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 and learns that they were responsible for trying to ruin Gina. Shortly after, 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 the 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. As soon as 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 discover 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.


Cameo appearances


On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 38%, based on reviews from 119 critics, with an average score of 5.35/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "Despite a strong performance by Queen Latifah, Beauty Shop is in need of some style pointers."[4] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 53 rating, based on 28 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[5] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade A− on scale of A to F.[6]

Claudia Puig of USA Today wrote "Overall, the parts don't come together and jell as well as they did in the Barbershop films".[7]

Jennifer Frey of The Washington Post praised lead actress, Queen Latifah, for being herself.[8]

Ruthe Stein of the San Francisco Chronicle said that "[actress] Alfre Woodard shows she's as adept at comedy as drama".[9]

Derek Armstrong of AllMovie gave the film three out of five stars, stating 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."[10]

Awards and nominations[edit]

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)

2005 Teen Choice Awards

2006 Black Reel Awards

  • Best Actress—Queen Latifah (nominated)

2006 NAACP Image Awards

  • Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture—Queen Latifah (nominated)


  1. ^ "Beauty Shop (35mm)". Australian Classification Board. Retrieved August 14, 2021.
  2. ^ "Beauty Shop (2004) - Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved August 14, 2021.
  3. ^ "Beauty Shop (2005)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved August 14, 2021.
  4. ^ "Beauty Shop (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 14, 2021.
  5. ^ "Beauty Shop". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 14, 2021.
  6. ^ "Movie Title Search". CinemaScore. Archived from the original on December 20, 2018. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  7. ^ Puig, Claudia (March 29, 2005). "Beauty Shop". USA Today. Retrieved August 14, 2021.
  8. ^ Frey, Jennifer (March 30, 2005). "Not the Sharpest Shears On the 'Barbershop' Block". The Washington Post. p. C01.
  9. ^ Stein, Ruthe (March 30, 2005). "Looking good, feeling better after a session at the 'Beauty Shop'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved August 14, 2021.
  10. ^ Armstrong, Derek. "Beauty Shop (2005) – Bille Woodruff | Review". AllMovie. Retrieved August 14, 2021.

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