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The Salon Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 30

    out of 100

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    A tiresome blend of overacting and underwriting, The Salon moves from one predictable conversation to another -- the lack of available black men, the wondrousness of Bill Clinton -- without originality or comic rhythm.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    A cut below its predecessors.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    The main problem with the movie is the by now shopworn nature of its setting. Been there, snipped it. Though dating from venerable material, The Salon turns out to be one haircut too many.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Like a third-rate Beauty Shop. Skip it.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is an urban comedy in the style of Barbershop and Beauty Shop. The action takes place in a Baltimore hair salon where no topic is off-limits. The stylists discuss homosexuality (one of them is gay), sex, adultery, interracial relationships, spanking, and more. In one scene, a street walker is challenged to demonstrate the tricks of her trade on a banana. Homophobia is addressed throughout the film, most prominently when the openly gay stylist gets egged by insult-hurling teens. Some of the conversations may be too raunchy for young teens -- but, on the flip side, the movie offers a positive representation of minority-run businesses that are important in their communities.

  • Families can talk about how movies like this portray African-American communities. Do they send positive messages or negative ones (or some of each)? Do they reinforce stereotypes or help defuse them? How? Families can also discuss the importance of communities in general, as well as the contributions that African Americans have made to society -- in arts, sciences, sports, entertainment, and more.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: African-American heritage is celebrated in a mother-son scene. Jenny realizes her salon is worth fighting for because of what it means to the community.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: A gay man is "egged" by a group of guys who insult him. A woman is verbally abused by her boyfriend; two women get into a pushing fight at the salon.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Many conversations about sex, adultery, various characters' bodies, "jungle fever," oral sex techniques, etc. One stylist kisses her married boyfriend.

  • language false3

    Language: "S--t," "jackass," "damn," "ho," "bitch," "ass," etc. Hate words like "faggot," "homo," and the "N" word.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Nintendo, Ben Affleck (and his movie Daredevil, Dunkin' Donuts.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Discussion of the neighborhood's drug users, but no on-screen drugs. A homeless wino is featured in several scenes.