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Good Hair

Documentary by Chris Rock

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  • Oct 21, 2009
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Chris Rock may have been the only person who could have pulled off this documentary. Hair is a touchy topic for African-American women as made evident by both this documentary and its trailer, and Chris Rock is at his best when he's pushing those buttons too hot for any hands other than his own.

Like most of his stand up material, "Good Hair" is social commentary as entertainment. However, in this case the commentary comes from a wide range of celebrities, both male and female...and retired pimps such as Ice-T. Surprisingly, Ice-T seems to be the voice of reason in the interview roster. He's also funny as hell. Beyond pimps comes the poets and politicians: Maya Angelou calls the hair in quesiton a "woman's glory" while Al Sharpton calls it a sign of "economic retardation". In both cases Rock stands by and listens with his trademark smile. You can just see in his eyes (and smile) that he wants to merge the two and call the whole thing a "glorious retardation."

While we can put the "R word" off to the side, there's just no getting around the hysterics and histrionics of a $3500 price tag for acheiving the coveted status of "good hair". By the way, be sure to catch a look at the faces of the men waiting 5 and 6 hours for their women who are having their heads transformed into a "woman's glory." Never have I laughed so hard. These are the faces of men who not only wait hours, but must also foot the bill. Even the reduced price from $3500 to $1000 does little to bring a smile back to their faces.

Chris Rock travels as far as India to locate the source of this thousand dollar hair, and even his comic angle cannot possibly overshadow the staggering reality of what he finds – a detail that I'll leave to the documentary. From there he returns to Atlanta for the Bonner Bros competition where hair stylists cook up elaborate spectacles of hair fashion, all in the name of getting a WWE-style championship belt. Not a trophy. Not a gold comb or pick. A belt. There are four contenders in this competition and no words can capture the outrageousness of their performances. Again, you'll just have to watch the documentary.

Chirs' international travels quickly take a sharp turn into the Twilight Zone where he interviews several celebrities who attempt to answer questions about the cultural and personal significance of "good hair". None of the answers will fly in the skies of reason and everyone knows this, which is why they laugh it up at their own confessions. Without a doubt, this is truly a bizarre topic and the documentary is an amusing attempt to make sense of the senseless.
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October 25, 2009
This sounds like good fun! :D Although I'd say hair is a subject matter of utmost concern to both men & women. For my part, the length of my hair actually affected how most men in my office were treating me! That's pretty senseless as far as I'm concerned!
October 25, 2009
It's a lot of fun to watch. Definitely make time to see it when it comes around your way. You won't regret it.
 
October 21, 2009
This sounds hilarious. When is it from? Can't be new?!
October 21, 2009
Yeah it just came out, to be released on Oct 26 all over.
October 21, 2009
I saw it in Los Angeles. Yeah, it's really funny. Although I was so shocked at certain parts that I missed opportunities for a good laugh.
October 21, 2009
Crazy. I had no idea Chris Rock still had an active career...
October 21, 2009
This may breathe new life into it. Although, I got word that he is being sued for $5million for ripping off the idea from someone else. Apparently, a woman previewed a similar documentary to Rock. Maybe the man was desperate for new material.
 
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review by . January 28, 2012
Good Hair is good entertainment and a fascinating look at culture and beauty.    Chris rock gets to the heart of hair. Specifically the hair of black women, and the products, and the high dollar industry behind the do's. Exposed in creative and entertaining Chris Rock style humor, the topic itself isn't all that amusing. Kind of horrifying actually. Rock participates in this documentary because he has two little girls of his own. His focus is on them and how societal pressure …
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An exposé 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 the way hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships, and self-esteem of the black community.

Director Jeff Stilson follows Chris Rock on this raucous adventure prompted by Rock's daughter approaching him and asking, "Daddy, how come I don't have good hair?" Haircare professionals, beautyshop and barbershop patrons, as well as celebrities including Ice-T, Nia Long, Paul Mooney, Raven Symoné, Dr. Maya Angelou, Salt n Pepa, Eve and Reverend Al Sharpton all candidly offer their stories and observations to Rock while he struggles with the task of figuring out how to respond to his daughter's question.

GOOD HAIR marks a reunion of the team behind Rock's acclaimed and Emmy® Award-winning HBO series The Chris Rock Show, including producer Nelson George, writer-director Jeff Stilson, writers Lance Crouther and Chuck Sklar. The film is produced by Chris Rock and Kevin O’Donnell.

GOOD HAIR is presented by HBO Films and released theatrically by Liddell Entertainment and Roadside Attractions.

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Release Date: October 26, 2009
Screen Writer: Chris Rock

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