A Hairy Documentary
Release Date: October 09, 2009
Starring: Chris Rock, Al Sharpton, Nia
Long, Dr. Maya Angelou, Salt n
Pepa, and Eve
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 95 minutes
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Director: Jeff Stilson
Executive Producer: None listed
Producer: Nelson George, Chris Rock, and
Writer: Chris Rock, Jeff Stilson,
Lance Crouther, and Chuck
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This begins an investigation with models, actresses, and hairdressers about what styles African American women want. It’s discovered that “relaxants” are constantly used and it proves to be a multi-million dollar enterprise for hair products for black women. The possible damaging side effects and burning pain when applied is discussed.
In fact, Rock attends a trade show for these products featuring a reality TV style competition for the best hairdresser, complete with dancing girls and special effects. Rock interviews all the contestants, who tend to be outrageous in their presentations.
On a deeper level, the movie examines why black women wish to appear to look more European than African in their hair choices.
Chris Rock comes off as a caring father, saying that he wants to make sure his daughters learn that it’s what’s inside their heads, not what’s on their heads, that matters. He references wanting to teach them not to smoke, drink, or have a baby until they’re married.
One contestant in the beauty styling contest is overtly Christian, praying in Jesus’ name frequently and directing his team to fast and pray before the competition. At times, this is presented as serious, and at other times, these statements seem to be treated comically. This contestant came in last place.
One of the other stage shows is a male hairdresser surrounded by women in bed, dressed in lingerie with a brief instance of simulated sex.
Rock travels to India where the human hair used in hair weaves is mostly exported. He discovers that a temple has women shaving their heads as a sacrifice to their god. The filmmakers point out that the ritual means that the temple then sells the hair to salons in Beverly Hills.
GOOD HAIR contains some foul language and in one scene there is discussion of female anatomy and sexual relations. Caution is warranted for these elements.
GOOD HAIR presents a mixed bag of worldviews. One overtly Christian contestant prays in Jesus Christ’s name frequently. At times, this is presented seriously, while other times it’s treated comically. One stage show features a male hairdresser, surrounded by scantily clad women in bed, with a brief lewd moment. Caution is warranted for these elements. Chris Rock is a caring father, saying he wants to make sure his daughters learn it’s what’s inside their heads that counts, not what’s on their heads.