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January 11, 2009

Beauty Shop

Beautyshopposter 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.” Gina (Latifah), who made her trash talking debut in “Barbershop 2,” moves to Atlanta and opens up her own salon. Gina hustles to raise her daughter, keep the shop afloat, and treat her customers to a vibe full of glam, girl-power and spunk. Brandishing curling irons and hair dryers, the ladies sling a sassed-up version of the ribald barbershop banter, gabbing about breast implants, Oprah, and the pros and cons of pubic hair. It’s formulaic, and the jokes are hit or miss, but Latifah’s warm, toned-down performance gives “Beauty Shop” real heart.
Rated PG-13. 105 mins. (C) (Two Stars)

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