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Good Hair

comedy, documentary

Four-time Emmy® Award winning actor and comedian CHRIS ROCK takes you on a hilariously hair-raising journey through the extreme lengths African-American women will go to for GOOD HAIR.

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
0 out of 5

Funny, smart docu is OK for older teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Chris Rock documentary includes some mature themes related to race, femininity, and class. There's a fair amount of strong language (a couple of "f--k"s, as well as "s--t," "bitch," and the like), conversations about how hair affects sexual relationships, and consumerism (mostly hair-product brands). Kids will see two approaches -- African-American celebrities like Eve, Raven Symone, and Nia Long are straight up about masking their natural hair with expensive weaves, while a few outspoken women rage against the "slavery" of a straightening regime and sport their natural locks (or, in one case, a bald head).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the various reasons that African-American women -- and women in general, really -- might want hair other than what they have naturally. How does the obsession with hair specifically affect the African-American community?
  • What message does the documentary convey to young girls? What lessons can be learned by those not in the African-American community?
  • How is African-American beauty depicted in the media and pop culture? Why do you think straight hair is often a part of that depiction?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: This movie just does take what seems like a kind of a superficial topic and really does go into it with great depth.

- A.O. Scott, At the Movies, Monday, October 12, 2009

Fresh: Good Hair, directed by longtime Rock collaborator Jeff Stilson, is such a rollicking, thoroughly entertaining ride that it's easy to take for granted just how easy Rock makes it look.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, October 16, 2009

Fresh: Rock fronts this informative rummage through the $9 billion US black hair industry in a style much like his stand-up comedy: hilarious, insightful and charming enough to let him get away with the flammable stuff.

- Cath Clarke, Time Out, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Niche doc on black womens' obsession with their hair which skirts around some of the tricky issues - Rock is a lot more restrained than in his stand-up and bottles out on the key question of why black women want to look like white movie stars of old ? Ultimately, it raises a lot more questions than it satisfactorily answers.

- gor41, Wednesday, October 27, 2010

1 star

Something to watch

- dukeakasmudge, Monday, March 8, 2010

3 stars

A very good movie, very humorous, very informational. "I feel like I've been stung by a thousand bees..."

- crazydannielle16, Friday, March 5, 2010