Beauty Shop
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While the men of Barbershop and Barbershop 2 have plenty to mouth off about, they may have met their match in the female staff and clientele of a nearby beauty shop. Directed by Bille Woodruff, Beauty Shop revolves around these women led by Gina (Queen Latifah), who opened Beauty Shop to give all the females in the community, from a conservative Southern socialite (Andie MacDowell) to a poetry-reciting stylist, a place to talk about life, love, and the issues of the day, all while getting their hair done. Bryce Wilson puts in a supporting performance, as does Kevin Bacon, who plays the snooty… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 37%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As in the other two movies, the plot is a thin cardboard box carrying an assortment of observational doughnuts."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Feel-good entertainment that is no less enjoyable for being somewhat predictable."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Take one part "Barbershop," one part Queen Latifah, sprinkle in a tablespoon of 'you-go-girl' and stir to get the confection of "Beauty Shop.""
‑ Cole Smithey,
"It's meant to be a gender switch on its predecessor, but it's actually just a pale comparison."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Latifah carries the weight of this film and does an impressive job given a script that's crying out for a total restyle."
‑ Stella Papamichael,
"I thought this was too much like the pilot for a sitcom."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"It's a bouncy, funny picture that I enjoyed -- one that mostly eludes the perils of sequelitis and spinoff-itis, a lusty comedy about the importance of looking good and getting the right scissors in the right hands."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"This bottom-feeder's sophomoric, locker room approach to black-white, gay-straight, and male-female issues cannot be undone by a saccharine storybook ending."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"Diverting but overly episodic... never quite hangs together as a feature."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"This is one film that should have been abandoned at the "I'm thinking about writing a new screenplay" phase because it ultimately does no good whatsoever."
‑ Joe Utichi, FilmFocus
"Its lackluster efforts to be raunchily topical about issues of race, class and sexuality leave its talented cast stranded without a paddle."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"So-so movie with great cast pushes PG-13 limits."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Bille Woodruff directs the comedy with a warm generosity of spirit, which gives all the actors in a delightful ensemble cast their chance to shine."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Queen Latifah proved that she could be watchable in awful movies when she made Taxi, although Beauty Shop never gets close to that particular level of badness."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Has the stink of a bad perm all over it."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
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