Chris Rock & Paul Mooney in Good Hair
Chris Rock & Paul Mooney
"Good Hair" consists of two documentaries braided together, one enjoyable, the other enjoyable and provocative.
This half of "Good Hair" works well enough, but Rock reaches for more. In a voice-over Rock says that when his 5-year-old daughter started bad-mouthing her own hair, he knew he had a project (though he'd thought about filming the
More than half of the
Rock is a canny interviewer, in addition to being one of the funnier and more engaging fellows in show business. When he chats up a group of men at a barbershop regarding African-American women's hair -- the economics, the invisible No Trespassing sign -- the conversation starts out like a joke but becomes compellingly serious and honest. Rock takes his "Good Hair" job as a documentarian seriously enough to be interesting, but not so seriously that the film groans with earnestness.
In the final lap it's back to
Rock is skeptical but hardly damning (why should he alienate half his audience?), but when you hear actress
Rock thinks so, too, though he doesn't wag a finger so much as pose a question -- amiably but with purpose.
"Good Hair" Movie Trailer
An exposť of comic proportions that only Chris Rock could pull off, Good Hair visits beauty salons and hairstyling battles, scientific laboratories and Indian temples to explore how hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks and self-esteem of the black community.
MPAA rating: PG-13 (for some language including sex and drug references, and brief partial nudity).
Running time: 1:30.
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