An intriguing look at a complicated cultural phenomena told with breezy wit and humor, as it manages to cut through to deep issues without taking itself too seriously. A fascinating and consistently entertaining piece of work.
3.5 stars! An interesting examination of euro-centric beauty standards and their effect on WoC. Chris Rock is an endearing narrator, very sweet and willing to learn. All the women interviewed are extremely interesting and intelligent.
While I'm glad a documentary discussing the politics of black hair exists, I don't think this one does a good job getting to the representation issues at the root of most black women's quest for straight hair. Furthermore, Chris Rock was mostly mocking women for the "ridiculous" lengths they go to in order to achieve and unnatural standard of beauty, and the film was coated in a glaze of bad, misogynistic jokes.
great analysis on a widely unspoken topic expressed in many different angles. "good" hair is both a rite of passage and derives from rites of personal devotion. i feel like the prejudice that is sometimes intertwined with unanswered curiosity finally dissolves after watching this movie as you realize that hair will never just be hair but represents and actualizes so much more.
For much its running time, it skips between providing a forum for discussing race, racism, beauty ideals and capitalism and Rock riffing on his tired views of gender. It lost me in the final part, when he goes all in on making fun of women and celebrating misogyny. Giving Ice T the last word in a movie about black women and their hair said it all to me. Missed opportunity.
The section about weave sex was SO GREAT! Chris Rock's comment about putting all the effort into the bangs made me crease up. Very interesting (not to mention a bit weird, regarding the hair show) - a good documentary.