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This article is about Beauty Shop, the movie. For the American band, see The Beauty Shop.

Beauty Shop is a 2005 comedy film, directed by Bille Woodruff. The film is a spin-off of the Barbershop film franchise, and stars Queen Latifah as Gina, a character which was first introduced in the 2004 film Barbershop 2: Back in Business. This film also stars Alicia Silverstone, Andie MacDowell, Djimon Hounsou, Kevin Bacon, and Mena Suvari.


Gina Norris (Queen Latifah) is a widowed hairstylist that has moved from Chicagomarker to Atlantamarker so her daughter, Vanessa (Paige Hurd) can attend a private music school. She's made a name for herself as a stylist, but after her self-centered boss (Bacon) berates her work, she leaves and sets up her own shop, purchasing a rundown salon.

She hires a range of stylists, including her rebellious sister-in-law, Darnelle (Keshia Knight Pulliam). The shop gets a wide range of clientele, including wives of professional athletes, and several wealthy white women. She also hires Joe (Hounsou), an electrician from Africa who's also skilled on the piano. Because the ex-boss Jorge, is jealous that his shop is losing clients to Gina's Shop, he hires a Health Inspector to find various ways to shut down Gina's business. But tragedy strikes when the shop gets destroyed and vandalized. When Willie (Lil' JJ) finds the Health Inspector and Gina's old boss on camera "talking" business he shows Gina the tape of the two. Later on that night, Gina goes to her old salon and tells him that she knows about his "little secret" and has a couple of guys cut off his hair.

Later on, a radio talk show host (whom they don't recognize as their favorite host to listen to every morning, DJ Helen) comes to the shop in desperation for a touch up and later gives Gina's Beauty shop a shout out live on the air.


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Reviews for the film were mixed. It earned a 39% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from the users, and a higher 54% from the critics, with the consensus being that the film itself was not the equal of Queen Latifah's strong performance. Allmovie gave the film 3/5 stars, with reviewer Derek Armstrong saying that while the film sticks to the same formula which made the Barbershop films so successful, it still "bursts with life, having attracted a spectrum of enthusiastic performers and a script that exceeds broad character types." At Metacritic, the film has averaged a 53 rating from critics, and an almost identical 5.4/10 rating from users. The best reviews for the film have come from Yahoo! Movies, where the critics have given the film a B- average, and users helped it to earn a B+.

Awards & nominations

2005 BET Comedy Awards
  • Outstanding Directing for a Theatrical Film — Bille Woodruff (nominated)
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Theatrical Film — Queen Latifah (nominated)
  • Outstanding Theatrical Film (nominated)
  • Outstanding Writing for a Theatrical Film — Audrey Wells, Kate Lanier, Norman Vance Jr. (nominated)

2005 Black Movie Awards
  • Outstanding Achievement in Writing — Kate Lanier, Norman Vance Jr. (nominated)
  • Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role — Queen Latifah (nominated)

2005 Teen Choice Awards
  • Choice Movie Actress: Comedy — Queen Latifah (nominated)
  • Choice Movie Hissy Fit — Queen Latifah (nominated)
  • Choice Movie Sleazebag — Kevin Bacon (nominated)
  • Choice Rap Artist in a Movie — Queen Latifah (nominated)

2006 Black Reel Awards
  • Best Actress — Queen Latifah (nominated)

2006 NAACP Image Awards
  • Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture — Queen Latifah (nominated)


  1., Rotten Tomatoes
  2., Allmovie Review
  3., Metacritic
  4., Yahoo! Movies

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