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Good Hair
- Chris Rock

Overview - In the movie SCHOOL DAZE, Spike Lee staged a dance number in which two bands of African-American college students debated the merits of "Straight and Nappy" hair in song, and now comedian Chris Rock and filmmaker Jeff Stilson have extended the conversation to a full-length film in this witty documentary with serious undertones.  Read more...

 
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Overview

In the movie SCHOOL DAZE, Spike Lee staged a dance number in which two bands of African-American college students debated the merits of "Straight and Nappy" hair in song, and now comedian Chris Rock and filmmaker Jeff Stilson have extended the conversation to a full-length film in this witty documentary with serious undertones. Rock says he was inspired to make the film when his young daughter asked him, "Daddy, how come I don't have good hair?" and he and Stilson examine black America's obsession with their hair as they visit the Bronner Brothers International Hair Show, an annual trade show for the African-American hair care industry which includes fierce competitions among stylists from around the country and demonstrations of new hair products and techniques. Along the way, Rock also talks to a number of African-American luminaries about their hair issues (including Maya Angelou, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Nia Long, Raven Symone, Ice-T, and Paul Mooney), researches the dangers of many common hair-straightening treatments, reveals the surprising expense of regular hair "relaxing" and weaves, and ponders what the pursuit of straight hair says about African-American cultural identity. GOOD HAIR received its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Cast List

Lance Crouther - Screenwriter, DOWN TO EARTH (2001)
Chris Rock - American Actor/Comedian, THE CHRIS ROCK SHOW
Marcus Miller - Jazz Musician/Composer
Chuck Sklar
P.J. Bloom
Cliff Charles - Director of Photography, 30 YEARS TO LIFE (2002)
Jeff Stilson
Robert C. Jackson - Sound/Sound Designer
Gabriel J. Serrano
Ice-T - American Actor/Singer
Tracy Marrow - American Actor/Singer
Ice T - American Actor/Singer
Nia Long - Actress
Salt-N-Pepa
Rev. Al Sharpton - New York-based civil rights activist
Paul Mooney - American Writer/ Comedian
Maya Angelou - American Poet/Actress/Director, DOWN IN THE DELTA (1998)
Raven Symone - American actress, THAT'S SO RAVEN, THE COSBY SHOW
Raven-Symone - American actress, THAT'S SO RAVEN, THE COSBY SHOW
Raven - American actress, THAT'S SO RAVEN, THE COSBY SHOW

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 95
  • Color Format: (unknown/unconverted)
  • UPC: 031398118336
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Release Date: May 2014

Related Categories:
Movies > Education/General Interest

Related Keywords:
Live-Action
Race Relations
Black Heritage
Documentary
Self-Identity
African American Cinema
African American Culture

 
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Reviews:
3 stars out of 5 -- "[L]ively and entertaining..." - 08/27/2009 Box Office


3 stars out of 4 -- "[W]arm, funny and entertaining..." - 10/07/2009 Chicago Sun-Times


3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[Rock] approaches the subject with earnest interest and easy humor....His style is lively, smooth and up-to-date, like the most coveted 'do." - 10/16/2009 USA Today


"Spirited, probing and frequently hilarious, it coasts on the fearless charm of its front man and the eye-opening candor of its interviewees..." - 10/14/2009 New York Times


"Rock proves a delightful host, refreshingly willing to play straight man to the larger-than-life characters he encounters." -- Grade: B+ - 10/08/2009 A.V. Club


"[A] deeply funny and very serious documentary..." -- Grade: B+ - 10/16/2009 Entertainment Weekly


"[A] hilarious documentary that, like all great comedies, is shot through with equal parts humor and heartbreak." - 10/09/2009 Washington Post


"Rock's visit to the Bronner Bros convention and its extraordinary hairdressing competition has to be seen to be believed....Witty and always entertaining..." - 07/01/2010 Sight and Sound

 
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