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THE MOVIE: Beauty Shop

THE STARS:
Queen Latifah • Alicia Silverstone • Andie MacDowell • Mena Suvari • Kevin Bacon • Djimon Hounsou
DIRECTOR: Bille Woodruf

Happy hair THE CONCEPT:
Gina works in a posh Atlanta hair salon run by egotistical boss Jorge. When his criticism of her goes too far, she storms out and opens her own beauty shop, taking some staff and clients with her, leaving Jorge to fight back…

U.S. RELEASE: March 30 2005, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13

THE COMMENTS:

QUEEN LATIFAH:
"I want to give the audience a good time, some heart, let them know it’s a inclusive movie, it’s not a film just for black people. It’s a film for everybody. And I think it has that kind of appeal. It’s really about relationships. It’s about people and how they relate to one another. And I love this character; I love Gina Norris. She’s my mom, she’s my hair stylist, she’s so many women I know who had to raise a child and balance a career. She’s me. I know the struggles of opening your own business and getting it off the ground, and dealing with financial stresses, so I can relate to this woman like you have no idea."

KEVIN BACON:
“Jorge’s got a healthy dose of vanity, sells his own products, spends a lot of time on his tanning bed – it’s a lot of fun. His hair is long and luxurious. It was the first time I’d ever seen hairstylists as technical advisors on a film. It was a total riot.”

ALICIA SILVERSTONE:
“I found Kevin very difficult to work with, to be really honest with you, because I love him so much and he made me laugh so hard, that it was impossible to get through a scene. He’s just so funny, he had his butt clenched so tight, just watching him walk made me laugh.”

DJIMON HOUNSOU:
“Queen Latifah is so much a woman, but if anything it’s the way she takes care of people in general. The way she goes about her business, and the way she cares about people, whether you’re one of the crew members or an actor on the job. Actually, it never occurred to me that she was a producer on the set, it’s only now that I say, ‘Oh, that’s right, it is her picture.’”

LATIFAH:
“I like the idea of all these different women in the film – different flavors, different choices, different attitudes, different opinions. I like to see people mix it up like that.”

ANDIE MacDOWELL:
“You never felt that this was a movie about Queen Latifah, which of course it is a movie about her. But she didn’t throw her weight around or make you feel like it was all about her. Everyone felt embraced and everyone was made to feel like they had something to offer and because of that they got very colorful characters, and no one was made to feel like they were insignificant.”

LATIFAH:
“The beauty shop is the spot, just like the barbershop is the spot for the guys. You wind up sharing stories, telling your stylist what’s going on with your life or they tell you what’s going on with their life, you kind of catch up and relax. It’s a social place. It’s a place where you can talk about what’s going on in the community, what’s going on in the world and all kinds of topical things – so it’s like a social club in a way.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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