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Good Hair

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6.91 h 35 min2009X-RayPG-13
Chris Rock explores how hairstyles affect African-Americans.
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Jeff Stilson
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Chris RockMaya AngelouNia Long
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English [CC]
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Ice-T
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Nelson GeorgeJenny HunterKalynn JenkinsDouglas MillerKevin O'DonnellChris RockJeff Stilson
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AMC Plus Documentaries
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PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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931 global ratings

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S.Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Educational, funny, and important
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The subject matter of this film is one that needs to be discussed and I am thrilled to say that Chris Rock did a fantastic job of showcasing the struggles, triumphs, and journey of black women and men in this film. I had originally heard about this film/documentary through a Tyra Show episode where she basically discusses things that Chris covers in this film (I still recommend watching that Tyra Show episode, though..very informative!) I am so glad I finally purchased this film, though. I watched the trailer and had to do it!

Chris covers it all in this film: history, struggles, triumphs, origin of hair used in weaves and wigs, and way more. I was glad to see such a comprehensive approach to covering the topic of black hair. Chris was able to weave between all of the topics he covered while maintaining my interest the entire duration of the film. His hilarious commentary added a bit of humor to the film while maintaining a level of respect to the women and men in the film. I loved that he chose to interview various women and men that really know what they're talking about. I will definitely be watching this again now that I own it. Couldn't recommend this one enough!
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LoveDigitalReviewed in the United States on December 31, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointing Documentary
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A much more edifying discussion of black people's attitudes about Afro-textured hair is the documentary "Back to Natural" (https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B07Z5FW44Y/ref=atv_wl_hom_c_unkc_1_48). It treats black women in a respectful manner regardless of the style and/ or texture of their hair.

Unfortunately "Good Hair" does not give all the facts nor is it funny. This film totally ignores proponents of natural hair. It spends a great deal of time ridiculing black women for the amount of money spent to acquire/ maintain a hair texture (straightened) that will never be natural to them. The "hair show" portion of "Good Hair" is time filler emphasizing the stereotypical notion of barely clothed, over-sexed black woman. Chris Rock's concluding statement (a few sentences) about the importance of what is inside versus what is on top of a black woman's head does almost nothing to counteract the toxic notions conveyed in the rest of the film.

Your time will be better spent on "Back to Natural."
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on March 9, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Damaging effects of cultural racism upon African American women
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Good Hair should be required viewing for all African American families. It’s a documentary made by Chris Rock Productions about the obsession with straight and long hair in the black community. It goes into all the different products that are put into people’s hair, the hair product conventions, where wigs come from and more.

Chris Rock starts his commentary by talking about his two young daughters. One of them asked him why she didn’t have “good hair.” That meant straight long hair. This obsession with hair comes from hundreds of years of cultural brainwashing that tells black women they need to have “good hair” to be like white people because they are the dominant culture and the group that runs America. It is so ingrained into the community that Rock talks to a 3 year old girl who says that all black girls should get their hair straightened.

To show the importance of this look and the business behind it all one has to know is that the first black millionaire was Madam C.J. Walker who sold hair straightener and skin lightener. (We’re not even going to go into the lighter is better than darker skin debate here).

The film explores the industry by going to the largest hair convention in America held in Atlanta. It also goes into where real human hair for wigs and weaves come from. Ironically, most of the hair stores in the U.S. are controlled by Asians and the human hair comes from Asia as well.

Another interesting part is when it goes into the hair straightener products called relaxer that people use. This uses very harsh chemicals that actually destroy your hair the more you use it. They go to a scientist with some relaxer and he was shocked that people use it. He puts a soda can into a container full of relaxer and it literally dissolves the can! Not only that but the scientist says that inhaling the fumes from relaxer all day like beauticians do will damage a person’s lungs. People are aware of how bad the chemicals are because the film has a whole section about how bad the burn is from the relaxer product.

In the end, African Americans are the victims of cultural racism in America that tells them their natural looks whether skin tone or hair are all bad because they are not white and they must strive to change them or be considered lower than others. This is a topic that needs to be discussed more often, but unfortunately isn’t.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 26, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
'Good Documentary Film About Black Hair!!!'
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I liked the film very much; I liked how comedian/actor Chris Rock tries to get to the 'root' (pun intended!) of 'Good Hair'/African-American hair and why African-American women spend thousands of dollars trying to look beautiful. Chris tries his best to answer his daughter's question when she asked him, 'Daddy, how come I don't have good hair?' From the beauty parlors, barber shops, and beauty stores in America to travelling to India, Chris wants to know about African-American hair; he also goes to a lab and learns about hair relaxers and how it can burn your scalp and may cause blindness if not used properly. One woman called relaxer the 'creamy crack' because it's very 'addicting' when women frequently relax their hair which makes sense to me! Chris also asked famous African-American celebrities about their hair, particularly about weaves; there was not a lot about Natural hair and that is where Chris should have asked some of the women as to why they went Natural. I liked the 'Bronner Bros. Hair Show' in Atlanta, Georgia, and wow! The show was impressive and hairstylist Derek J definitely deserved the prize money! The film was good with the exception of some brief language but it was a good film; like comedian/writer Paul Mooney said: 'When your hair is relaxed, white people are relaxed, but if your hair is nappy, white people ain't happy!' Personally, I would never relax my hair or wear a weave and I love my Natural hair, even if it is nappy! So what?! It's my hair, my choice!!! REST IN POWER to the following people in the film: Dr. Maya Angelou (nee Marguerite Annie Johnson) (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014) and Mr. Andre O'Neal Harrell (September 26, 1960-May 7, 2020): 'You both may be gone but you will never, ever be, forgotten.'
Professor R.Reviewed in the United States on November 7, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun and Informative
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This documentary had a sense of humor, as one would expect from Chris Rock, but it sprang from a place of real love: What do you do when your daughter asks you for "the good hair"? The film travels the planet in search of stories about African hair, the amount people will do to change their hair, the dangers involved in chemically processing one's hair, and the politics of natural versus straightened hair. It also delves into how little white communities know about black hair. It takes an amusing detour through an Atlanta-area annual hair show and its contestants, which was ancillary to the thrust of the program, but lightened the mood. The end of the documentary does not make a decision about what's good or bad, but as the film closes, Rock's very young daughter is still sporting her original hair.
4 people found this helpful
jefnmaryReviewed in the United States on October 25, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
I'm white.
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I enjoyed the hell out of this film, and learned so much. Most my life I knew that it was my long blond hair that got me attention, yet, I'm ok kept purposely shaved now in my disabled older age, but this film opened my eyes to how much I took every aspect of my hair for granted. If I could even lift a finger to wipe it from my eyes, it would be back down to my bum like before... If it's any consolation to folks who spend loads on de-nappying hair, us pale peops spend our $ and time away from making $ on tanning.
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SethReviewed in the United States on December 4, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Chris Rock really knows how to f*** up a good thing, as usual
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I loved this movie, but Chris Tock an FCC his antiquated racist sense of humor just falls on it’s face over and over again. Throughout the entire film, he comes across as judgemental, condescending, and not even as an outsider, but as if he were watching a circus freak show. I don’t wear weave myself, but I stil felt second hand embarrassment at some of the scenes where the tension in the room after certain comments was very noticeable. But.... Ignoring that f***** buls***, this is a really really fun and informative movie.
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Janny AugustusReviewed in the United States on December 7, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
It opened my eyes!!
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I have always struggled with liking my hair. I have relaxed my hair since I was 12 year old and I related to some of the stories presented on the video. I am and older woman now and have started to let the natural curls take over because honestly, I'm tired of "battling" them. I knew the African american community had to have some "tricks" to make their hair so straight! This documentary was so through that it made me realized how much I should just be content with the hair God gave me. I saw those precious little girls and my heart was so touched because I remember being one of them. Thank you Chris Rock for opening my eyes and for giving me many more reasons to be "natural"!
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