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Good Hair 2009

Chris Rock explores the wonders of African-American hairstyles...

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You can reflect on many different subjects while watching this documentary: beauty perceptions and society accepted standards, international economy and the price we're willing to pay to look according to what we think we should. I thought it ironic that as a teenager I was envying my dad's afro vs my wavy hair and telling my friends who had one that they had won the genetic lottery while most women just want the inverse...
"It is harder to get George w. Bush to admit that there were no Weapons of mass Destruction than to get a black woman to talk about her hair ON CAMERA!" Chris Rock made a gem of a movie by explaining the exploitative ideas behind the "good hair" concept of nappy to happy. The movie was a refreshing and hilarious take on how just how far people go for Urban and Hollywood glamour.
This is the rebirth of black history represented in films. With so many divisive topics and races eating off the African rise to legitimacy, this film shows why most live behind a frosted sense of reality. Thanks Chris!!!!!!
this movie is funny butt see only if nohting else is playing
Fascinating, funny, yet ultimately depressing.
Funny, sharp movie appropriate for anyone over, say, 15 (detailed discussions of the difficulties of sex when you can't touch a woman's hair). This is not just a "black" movie, it's an American cultural history movie.
SEE IT! It may not change anyones mind about anything, but you will laugh and learn. I'd like to see Chris doing more movies about whatever he feels like talking about. This one was very entertaining and enlightening. I wasn't aware of the technology or economics of weaves. I felt it touched too lightly, exposing the what, but not enough of the how and why. I would like to have seen an exploration of the evolution of the black american beauty standard, to include not only hair but facial features and skin tones. In addition, to in some way determine the driving forces shaping our definitions of beauty, also how and why we allow ourselves to buy into a system which does not serve us. Unfortunately, only 10 people would pay money to see such a movie. Maybe it would be better as a course offering at Howard, Morehouse, Spellman, or UCLA. That's what it was not. What it was, was a very good movie, definitely worth seeing.
I think this films will make racially conscious African-Americans cringe at the depiction of Black women as slaves to White standards of beauty. How a man can know anything about average Black women and how they feel about themselves based on interviews with extremes and stereotypical women is beyond me.

I know Black women from all socioeconomic levels and all wear their own hair --no weaves--and perm their hair so they can spend time on high-powered careers and not beauty regimens that can be time consuming. And FYI Chris, their men do touch their hair-- a lot- because it is all their own hair.

In my opinion this is worthy of Rush Limbaugh productions or it should be called "Birth of a Weave Nation."
Not as funny as I would have thought, but I actually learned a lot about Black women's hair during the two hours I sat inside the theater as the only Asian in attendance.

Most of the movie centers around around a hair competition in the South that is pretty fascinating, but the most interesting parts of the movie are where Rock talks to celebrities or just regular people in barber shops about Black people's hair. You learn a lot about the chemicals used to straighten or "relax" hair and about different types of weaves and where they come from.

I fully enjoyed Good Hair, but more in a lighthearted educational sense than a laugh out loud fun kind of way.
Chris Rock has made a pretty good documentary here. He takes a light-hearted view of "good hair" among black women. He spoke w/ actresses & reg people. His interviews included blk men who have to deal w/ the cost; an interesting angle. There apparently are problems in intimate relations w/ blk women w/ expensive hair-dos. Some of the women admited this was a problem area. Who knew??

Chris did not give us his wife's point of view. There have been interviews surrounding the release of this film. I have seen an actress/entertainer who has gone to a natural hair style. Chris could have interviewed some of those people.

Al Sharpton complained abt very few blk people owning businesses in hair treatments for blk people. But, It was also implied that some blk owners had sold out in recent years to large corporations. So, that's a partial explanation. Sharpton also cited racial oppression in the purchase & use of blk hair products sold by non-blks. Where is the oppression in an apparently open market that African Americans have chosen to leave?? And, why does Al continue to have his own hair relaxed?? There you go. Complain abt something even if your argument does not make logical sense.
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