SONY has released the newest spinoff from the popular "BARBERSHOP" idea,
"BEAUTY SHOP." One would think, at first, that it's a female version of
"BARBERSHOP", but while all the potential elements for a comedy to rival
that small but fun film are in place, it never comes close to replicating
its charm! Queen Latifah plays a stylist at an upscale salon run by Kevin
Bacon(yes, KEVIN BACON!). But, when his jerky behavior forces her to quit,
she opens her own "beauty shop" around the corner. The contrast between the upscale salon and Latifah's shop of crazy and outspoken stylists is meant to cause a laugh riot, but the jokes are all built around horrible stereotypes
and just plain dull. It's painful to watch an actor as good as Bacon
lowering himself to be part of this. It's almost as upsetting to find Alfre
Woodard associated with this as well!
SONY has preserved the film's 2.35:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement.
Colors are fine, although they create a muted appearance in spots. Detail is
fine, even with some continual grain. Contrast is fine. Fleshtones appear
SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. It's aggressive and offers a
blend of discrete, surround, panning effects for atmosphere as well as a
bass-heavy score. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
SONY has included a wide range of extras including a needless commentary
with the director, gag reel and featurette. A cropped version is offered as
an option, but is worthless.