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"If I wanted to go get a job tomorrow at a shop, I could. But that's not where my heart is. It's time that I own something."

Gina Norris is a hairstylist working under her jerkass boss, Jorge. After having another argument with said boss, she decides that she can't stand him anymore and quits. Gina then decides to buy a shop of her own, but problems arise, which include money (of course), customers who don't know her, her snarky employees and even family issues. With the help of her best friend Lynn, Gina works to overcome these issues in order to keep her business afloat.


This film contains examples of:

  • Ambiguously Gay: The girls discuss this about James [[spoiler: until Lynn proves otherwise.
  • Beta Couple: Lynn and James to Gina & Joe.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Well, that's Queen Latifah.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor Lynn.
  • Cool Old Lady: Gina's mother in law is basically her mother and confidant.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Most of the cast!
  • Expy: Lynn is basically the female version of Barbershop's Isaac.
  • The Determinator: Gina, Gina, Gina.
  • Fauxreigner: Jorge
  • Mighty Whitey: The girls in the beauty shop sees Lynn as one, but she's only trying hard of make new friends.
  • Mistaken for Racist: Jorge, in the beginning, because due to his foreign accent he pronounces the word "moniker" a certain way.
  • Mr. Fanservice: James, and Gina exploits his fanserviceness to attract clients. Indeed, the queue of customers reaches up in the street. Joe also counts.
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  • No Bisexuals: Throughout the film, Gina and Lynn's friends debate whether or not the new guy they're all crushing on (James) is gay based on his feminine traits (he likes to watch Oprah, emphasize with women on topics and hates violence). By the film's climax, when the girls see that James and Lynn are sharing a kiss on the dance floor together, they all immediately quip that "James' is gay alright! He's happier than ever!" and they all finally believe that he is straight. Nobody In-Universe discusses or mentions the possibility of bisexuality.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Gina's Mother In Law has lost both her husband and her son (Gina's late husband).
  • Real Men Wear Pink: James does hair, watches Oprah, carries a "man-bag", wants to get rid of some "unruly" chest hairs, but also gave Darnelle's Bastard Boyfriend a beatdown and comments "I hate violence".
  • Real Women Have Curves: This trope is discussed and there is even some commentary on plastic surgery.
  • Sassy Black Woman: But of course.
  • Token White: Lynn, and at the beginning the other girls aren't fine with it.
  • Troubled, but Cute: James.
  • Where da White Women At?: It's even lampshaded.
  • "Yes"/"No" Answer Interpretation: after Gina gives the bank teller a makeover in an attempt to persuade her to approve her loan:
    Gina: "Do you like it?"
    Elizabeth: "Oh!" *hugs*
    Gina: *laugh* "I guess that's a 'yes,' or is that the way you fight?"


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