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  • Summary: 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 how hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks and self-esteem of the black community. (Roadside Attractions)
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
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  1. Although its tone is generally genial and jovial, Good Hair touches on some tricky issues, at times complicitly.
  2. 83
    Is it possible to talk about the fascinating and complex universe of black hair without dealing with race and identity? That’s the question posed by Good Hair.
  3. Spirited, probing and frequently hilarious, it coasts on the fearless charm of its front man and the eye-opening candor of its interviewees, most of them women.
  4. Good Hair is also about how African-Americans spend $9-billion annually chemically treating and straightening their hair, buying 80 per cent of America's hair products. It's such a fascinating, complex tale that you hope one day some probing filmmaker will make a conclusive documentary on the subject.
  5. 75
    About the only question not answered by Good Hair is whether Michelle Obama wears a hair extension (most come from religious ceremonies in India) or straightens her hair.
  6. Entertaining and substantive enough to be interesting even for those completely unfamiliar with weaves and relaxers.
  7. Breezy, superficial documentary.

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  3. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Scalabrine21
    Oct 15, 2009
    There are very few non-ficition based movies available for viewing in theaters, that are humorous, clever, amusing, educational, insightful, at times unsettling, and overall worth every penny of the $10 you spent. This is one of those movies. I am a caucasian male and I loved every minute of this movie. Chris Rock is headed for a wonderful career in documentaries if he chooses to do so, because when you can make a feature film an hour and a half long that a studio believes will make a profit on just hair, you are doing something right! Sitting there, I felt like I was allowed into a secret society of not only hair care, but also one's identity, one's fears, and an entire cultural perception of how beauty is viewed and the lengths one goes through to attain the standard of beauty the world has established. You will leave this movie feeling both touched and informed, and honestly will never look at the hair on your head (or on other's heads) in the same way. Documentary of the year for Chris Rock. Not because he's Chris Rock. But because he chose a topic that's been evident for centuries but never truly been discussed to this length. Expand
  2. kathleenc
    Oct 24, 2009
    Informative, intelligent, funny and enjoyable. Hope Chris Rock makes another documentary soon.
  3. SoniaO
    Oct 13, 2009
    I enjoyed this movie. There are lots of interesting facts about black hair care that I didn't know about - and I'm black!
  4. BobC
    Dec 6, 2009
    This movie was well-paced and sensitive to the issues of empowerment and oppression. I thought the Atlanta hair show was an effective unifying device, much needed in a documentary. Collapse
  5. LindaC
    Dec 22, 2009
    Even a documentary must be skillfully directed, styled, edited. For overall filmmaking quality it rates a 5, but for topic/subject matter it rates a 10. There is numerous opportunity in the film content to sequel. I hope Chris and his producers see it and will take advantage of the opportunities they created in the film content. Expand
  6. T.Russ
    Oct 12, 2009
    Waste of film!
  7. RR
    Oct 25, 2009
    This film was an advertisement for Bonner Brothers and not informative at all. I must admit, it is the first time I paid for a mojor corporations infomercial. Expand