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From writer/director Mark Brown (Barbershop), comes a hilarious romantic comedy about a businesswoman who dares to weave her dreams into reality. Starring Vivica A. Fox, The Salon delivers its fast-paced and funny storyline with a whole new style! If Jenny (Fox) is shocked to learn that the Department of Water and Power plans to tear down her hair salon, it's nothing compared to her shock at meeting their drop-dead gorgeous attorney, Michael (Darrin Dewitt Henson of TV's Soul Food). With the fate of her business stake, Jenny has to choose between fighting this man...or falling for him. Also featuring Terrence Howard (Ray, Crash), The Salon is the perfect accessory for any DVD collection!

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 204707865
UPC 024543405542
UPC 14 00024543405542
Format DVD
Release Date 8/7/2007
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Fox,Vivica A
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Brandon Trost - Cinematographer
Brent Odom - Executive Producer
Brooke Burns - Actor
Darrin Dewitt Henson - Actor
Earl Watson - Editor
Mark Brown - Director
Mark Brown - Screenplay
Shelley Garrett - Based On Play By
Terrence Howard - Actor
Tiffany Zappulla - Production Designer
Vivica A. Fox - Producer
Vivica A. Fox - Actor
Reviews
ReviewSource The Village Voice
Review "What makes a beauty shop so great is that it really is a microcosm of society," intones an earnest voiceover at the beginning of The Salon. Indeed. The denizens of this eponymous inner-city beauty shop, helmed by Vivica A. Fox, are a panoply of multicultural stereotypes, from a fat black woman who scarfs doughnuts, to a flamboyant (but secretly insecure!) gay man, to a Chinese manicurist whose mispronunciation of the word "election" is just hilarious. Most cringe-inducing of all is the token white chick who insists on initiating a discussion about spanking, "or whoopin', as you guys call it." Or maybe it's the "'hos" who are sporadically chased across the screen by their pimp...Only a heady cocktail of apathy and boredom could explain so many gratuitous girlfriends and sistas. Writer-director Mark Brown, he of the Barbershop franchise, also has an inexplicable fondness for close-ups that cut off the tops of the actors' heads--unfortunate in a movie about hair.
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Reviewer Julia Wallace
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review As annoying as brain-dead comedies like Norbit or Dirty Love can be, at least they're up-front about insulting viewers' intelligence--or assuming there's none to insult. In a way, "serious" fare like Mark Brown's long-shelved 2005 feature The Salon is worse, because it's so sanctimonious and sincere in its pandering. Even as it relentlessly talks down to its audience, it seems to want to believe that it's lifting them up...In a wafer-thin plot "inspired by" Shelley Garrett's play Beauty Shop, Vivica A. Fox stars as the saintly proprietor of a run-down Baltimore hair salon endangered by a city plan for a new parking lot. While she alternately sulks over and cuddles up to sexy city lawyer Darrin Dewitt Henson, who might offer help--and, could it be, romance?--her impossibly large staff spends one shapeless day sniping and snickering over burning topics like Halle Berry's Oscar, all the things their mommas whupped them with, and of course, those crazy white folks. They also turn every event on the street into an excuse for a didactic, ridiculously artificial monologue...Writer-director Mark Brown (writer-producer of Barbershop and Barbershop 2) mostly just observes the stylists being playfully bitchy, which might have made for a pleasant slice-of-life film if not for leaden dialogue, terrible jokes (an Asian manicurist is introduced solely to brag that she's now an "Amelican" who votes on "erection day"), horrible stereotypes (from loudmouth street hos to painfully white interlopers to Wilson's squealing pansy to Kym Whitley as a sassy big momma) and endless reaction shots, in which every speech is met by an extensive chorus of "Keep it real!" and "Tell the truth!", or alternately, "Girlfriend did not go there!" At least Norbit tried to come up with fresh new awfulness instead of idling in these familiar old ruts.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Tasha Robinson
ReviewRating 5
Features
DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Sensormatic, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Fox,Vivica A
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide ...the film's feisty cast and generally sunny outlook make for warm and reassuring comfort viewing...
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer ...Fox and company manage to bring things to life.

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