Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Nora's Hair Salon (2004)

How bad is it? Painfully unfunny comedy.
Should you see it? No, though it has a strong cult following among black audiences.

This film, which has had two direct-to-video sequels so far, is probably immune to criticism; just as the audience for brainless action films like all brainless action films, fans of contemporary black comedies will like this, unless they expect another "Barbershop." Jenifer Lewis, Tamala Jones, Tatyana Ali, Bobby Brown (as an abusive boyfriend), Claudia Jordan, and Lil Kim and Whitney Houston (in a cameo) as themselves do very little with a hackneyed script involving a lot of stereotypes. The one serious moment, involving a heart attack, unintentionally has the funniest line. It reminded me of a poor episode of a 1970's TV show aimed at black audiences. How so many "names" appear in such a low budget independent film is the one remarkable aspect.

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