The Salon | Chicago Reader

The Salon

Writer-director Mark Brown, who wrote and produced both Barbershop movies, sets this tepid 2005 comedy in a similar milieu, with Vivica A. Fox as a single mother whose beauty salon faces closure because the city of Baltimore wants the land for a parking lot. Few of the shop's denizens rise above the stereotypical, the most egregious being a gay hairdresser and an Asian manicurist. Adapted from a play, the movie is a little windy and over-the-top, and the gossipy references to J-Lo and Anna Nicole Smith are woefully outdated. A romance between Fox and the attorney trying to force her out (Darrin Henson) taxes belief and leads to a sappy ending that doesn't come soon enough. PG-13, 98 min.

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