Friday, April 01, 2005

"Beauty" is in the eye of the beholder....

Going to several awful movies every week is not a problem; the really bad ones at least give you something to write about. It's the mediocre movies that provide the real challenge because there are only so many ways to say that there's nothing especially good or horrible. I often think of just writing the line attributed to Abraham Lincoln: "For those who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they like."

It's a challenge to write an interesting review of a not-so-interesting film. So you'll have to forgive us if in our efforts to find some new way to say that a movie is so-so, and that usually means adapting the vocabulary of the movie's setting to provide an apt metaphor (or a groaner of a pun). In the case of Beauty Shop, the hairdressing metaphors proved impossible to resist. At least two critics declared that the movie "doesn't cut it."

Bruce Westabrook, Houston Chronicle: Beauty Shop needs highlights and a trim.

Nick Schager, Slant Magazine: About as fresh as a Jeri curl.

Bill Muller, Arizona Republic: Any humor left in the Barbershop series is limited to a few stray clippings on the floor.

Dallas Morning News: Lacking Barbershop’s cutting edge, Beauty Shop is a fluff job.

And in my review: As synthetic as cut-rate hair's time for this series to get a makeover.

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