The Salon

2005 PG-13 1h 32m DVD

The Salon

2005 PG-13 1h 32m DVD
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Inspired by Shelley Garrett's stage play, writer-director Mark Brown (Barbershop) brings another installment to the genre of films set in African-American hair salons -- this time, an inner-city beauty shop owned by Jennifer Smithe (Vivica A. Fox). The hairdressers and the female clientele waste no time sharing their thoughts on everything from sex, politics, race relations and child-rearing, with laughs coming at a fast and furious pace.
Vivica A. Fox, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Kym Whitley, Monica Calhoun, Taral Hicks, Dondré T. Whitfield, De'Angelo Wilson, Garrett Morris, Terrence Howard, Brooke Burns
Mark Brown
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

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.

Sexual Content

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


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.


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

Social Behavior

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.


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

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

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

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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