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(2005), PG-13 [PG-13*]
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Mandeville Films, Cube Vision
Distribution (US): Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, MGM/UA Distribution Company, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation
Director(s): Bille Woodruff
Producer(s): Matt Alvarez, Otis Best, Elizabeth Cantillon, Shakim Compere, Ice Cube, David Hoberman, Queen Latifah, Todd Lieberman, Louise Rosner, Robert Teitel, George Tillman Jr
Story: Elizabeth Hunter
Screenplay: Kate Lanier, Norman Vance Jr.
Cinematography/Camera: Theo van de Sande
Music: Christopher Young
Film Editing: Michael Jablow
Casting: Joe Adams, Kim Coleman, Victoria Thomas
Production Design: Jon Gary Steele
Art Direction: Kevin Kavanaugh
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
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Beauty Shop is one more PG-13 film which narrowly avoided the R-13 heap with a final score of 55. Loss of one more point would have made it another R-13.
Styled after Barbershop (2002) and even co-produced by the star of Barbershop, Ice Cube, Beauty Shop rides the cosmetology waves in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a story of hair stylist Gina Norris (Queen Latifa) wanting to stop working for someone else and break out on her own to open a comfortable and friendly beauty shop ... with only $30,000.
Just for the fun of it, a comparative scoring data display for Barbershop (2002) and Beauty Shop is provided below.
Austrian transplant Jorge Christophe (Kevin Bacon), who was really George Christy from America, was the oppressive and under-handed owner of the Atlanta salon where Gina Norris (Queen Latifa) worked as a top notch stylist. Jorge made work unbearable. Jorge was the type of boss who would expect performance from his employees beyond the performance expected of them without informing his employees of his expectations and would scold them for failing to meet his expectations. He was not a good boss. To be a good leader one must first know how and when to be a good follower. Indeed, Jesus told us that to be first we must be last: to be greatest we must be the least. [Mark 9:35, Luke 22:27] As in Jesus' example in Luke 22:27, which is greater? The served or the server? Sort of takes both, doesn't it? The served cannot be served without the server.
Gina struck out on her own and opened a modest salon from a run-down shop in a nearby location but in the heart of the economically depressed part of town. Gina amassed quite a crew, a few of which included Miss Josephine (Alfre Woodard); Chanel (Golden Brooks); Ida (Sherri Shepherd). Also in the foreground was Gina's teen sister-in-law who provided the obligatory tantrum-like presence who seemed to always have trouble in choices of boyfriends. Lynn (Alicia Silverstone), the lone white stylist working for Gina, played the country bumpkin learning "the ropes" of the black world.
Part of Gina's troubles with the new salon were a great number of out-of-code electrical problems and damaged electrical systems. To the rescue was a conveniently located electrician named Joe (Djimon Hounsou). Not only did Joe become part of the upgrade of Gina's shop, he became part of widowed Gina's romantic interests. And Joe was a good piano player.
That Joe was a piano player leads perfectly in to introducing the starlet who made maybe the biggest emotional splash in the show, Gina's daughter Vanessa (Paige Hurd). Vanessa was an aspiring piano player. When she found out that Joe was also a piano player, Vanessa latched on to that opportunity to improve her talents. And that she did. Vanessa beamed during a recital at the Southern School for the Performing Arts. And so did Gina as she watched her daughter wow the audience.
Males in the cast included pint-sized Willie (Little JJ) with a big imagination who thought of himself as a ladies' man. Not a gift to girls but a ladies' man ... ladies twice his age. Also providing some male presence was James (Bruce Wilson), a male stylist hired literally off the streets.
Again I must minimize the amount of effort put into this Summary/Commentary section to reduce costs to increase the chances of keep the whole ministry going. So that is all for the story summary.
Beauty Shop could hae been fun, but it had teeth. Teeth that could bite to the moral bone.
Those teeth nipped away all of the starting 100 points flesh in each of the Impudence/Hate (I) and Sexual Immorality (S) investigation areas making the film easily comparable to many R-rated films in each of those investigation areas. The film earned a score equivalent to most PG films in Wanton Violence/Crime and in Drugs/Alcohol (D). Offense to God (O) content earned the only PG-13 equivalent score. Murder/Suicide easily earned a score equivalent to G-rated movies since the film was free of any murders and suicides.
Some of the more abrasive elements in Beauty Shop included the 75 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary in the 101-minute show, averaging about one every 1.3 minutes. If one wonders why so many of our early teens choose expletives with such disdain for clean language and yet feel that have done no wrong, now you know. [Col. 3:8]
While there was no nudity or intercourse which have been sleazing up into PG-13 from R, there were so many uses of "lesser" issues of assault (see the CAP Rule of 1000 on sexual purity such as innuendo, gestures, comments, dress and detailed discussions about sexual issues that the magnitude of influence is the same. [1Ths. 4:1-5]
Please consider closely the listing in the Findings/Scoring section then decide for yourself whether to allow your young teens to see Beauty Shop.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
(The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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