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2009

Comedy, Documentary
Prompted by his young daughter’s innocent question—“Daddy, how come don’t I have good hair?”—comedian Chris Rock investigates the multibillion-dollar black hair-care industry, a topic that leads him to the very roots (so to speak) of African-American identity. Comic documentaries are often hamstrung by the imperative of getting laughs (cf. Bill Maher’s Religulous), but Rock is admirably intent on getting answers, and his curiosity leads him into considerations of black politics, economics, gender, and culture, and as far afield as India, where Buddhist tonsure ceremonies supply a vast U.S. market for hair weaves. The film is rather pointlessly framed by a glitzy hairstyling competition at the annual Bronner Bros. Hair Show in Atlanta, but apparently something was required to keep this from growing completely out of control. Jeff Stilson directed; with Maya Angelou, Meagan Good, Ice-T, KRS-One, Nia Long, Kerry Washington, and, of course, Al Sharpton. PG-13, 90 min.
Official Site: www.goodhairmovie.net/site
Director: Jeff Stilson
Writer: Chuck Sklar and Lance Crouther
Producer: Chris Rock, Kevin O'Donnell and Jenny Hunter
Cast: Chris Rock

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