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Beauty Shop

Girls Night Out

Marketed as the female counterpart to 2002's Barbershop, Beauty Shop oozes estrogen. Not the insipid, saccharine tearjerker kind, but the raunchy, unifying, and powerful kind. Think The Queens of Comedy rather than Terms of Endearment. It is the perfect movie for a "girls night out".

Queen Latifah plays Gina Norris, a fiery single mother who works as an upscale stylist in Atlanta. When her horror show of a boss, Jorge (Kevin Bacon doing his part to keep up the six degrees), gives her a little too much Austrian lip one day she quits, using the decision as an impetus to finally open a salon of her very own. She hires a mostly all-black, all-female staff with the exception of Lynn (Alicia Silverstone sporting the most ridiculous, grating accent to ever hit the screen) and the hot metrosexual James (Bryce Wilson). Of course, there is also the hunk that lives upstairs, played by Djimon Hounsou.

What ensues plays out like an all-day slumber party. The premise of Beauty Shop is horribly fake and painfully fabricated, but that does not deter it from being funny. There is Ms. Josephine (Alfre Woodard) who quotes Maya Angelou with flair every chance she can get, Catfish Rita (stand-up comedian Sheryl Underwood who is a steal-stealer) who hawks southern specialties including "Monkey Bread" while emitting a ridiculously funny sound supposed to resemble a monkey, and Latifah who reduces you into giggles just by her deliverance.

Directed by Bille Woodruff (Honey), Beauty Shop is like Gina's secret "hair crack" -- you know it's bad for you, but it just feels so good you can't get enough.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars