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Good Hair (2009)

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Chris Rock explores the wonders of African-American hairstyles.

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Jeff Stilson

Writers:

Lance Crouther, Paul Marchand (ghostwriter) | 3 more credits »
5 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Tanya Crumel Tanya Crumel ... Herself - Hair Battle Contestant
Kevin Kirk Kevin Kirk ... Himself - Hair Battle Contestant
Jason Griggers ... Himself - Hair Battle Contestant
Maya Angelou ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marvet Britto Marvet Britto ... Herself
A'Lelia Bundles ... Herself
Vanessa Bell Calloway ... Herself
Eve ... Herself
Farrah Fawcett ... Herself (archive footage)
Melyssa Ford ... Herself
Meagan Good ... Herself
Andre Harrell ... Himself
Ice-T ... Himself
Cheryl 'Salt' James ... Herself (as Salt-N-Pepa)
Sarah Jones ... Herself
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Storyline

Chris Rock, a man with two daughters, asks about good hair, as defined by Black Americans, mostly Black women. He visits Bronner Brothers' annual hair convention in Atlanta. He tells us about sodium hydroxide, a toxin used to relax hair. He looks at weaves, and he travels to India where tonsure ceremonies produce much of the hair sold in America. A weave is expensive: he asks who makes the money. We visit salons and barbershops, central to the Black community. Rock asks men if they can touch their mates' hair - no, it's decoration. Various talking heads (many of them women with good hair) comment. It's about self image. Maya Angelou and Tracie Thoms provide perspective. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language including sex and drug references, and brief partial nudity | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hårfint See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,039,220, 11 October 2009

Gross USA:

$4,157,223

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,163,135
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Documentary filmmaker Regina Kimbell launched an injunction against Chris Rock and HBO, claiming that their film infringed on her own similarly themed documentary My Nappy Roots: A Journey Through Black Hair-itage (2010) which she screened for Rock in 2007. A federal judge ruled that Good Hair (2009) should be allowed to be released. See more »

Quotes

Chris Rock: How old were you when you first got your relaxer?
Maya Angelou: Oh god. I was about seventy.
Chris Rock: Seventy? You went your whole life...
Maya Angelou: Not my whole life, I'm still alive!
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Soundtracks

Blue's Mambo
Written by Sonny Clark
Performed by Sonny Clark Trio
Courtesy of Pure/Mainstream
By arrangement with Hunnypot Unlimited
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An interesting look at hair care culture
16 January 2011 | by gilligan-11See all my reviews

"Good Hair" manages to both entertain and educate. As someone who has little interest in the culture of hair care among African Americans, I was intrigued by this film because it was written, narrated and executive produced by Chris Rock, a very intelligent, perceptive, and entertaining comedian. In addition, it examines the cultural aspects of the care and treatment of hair among black women as well as its importance as a mark of beauty. Black women endure the potential of physical injury from the chemicals used to straighten their hair, hours upon hours of treatment in order to achieve the precise look they desire, and costs well into the thousands—yes thousands—of dollars to purchase a weave. I was particularly fascinated by the bi-annual competition among hairdressers that take place at the industry trade shows—a combination of skill, spectacle, and outlandish creativity, these competitions must be seen to be believed.


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