- Director: Justin Simien
- Writer: Justin Simien
- Producer: Julia Lebedev; Angel Lopez; Eddie Vaisman
Not the easiest genre to pull off...comedy/horror!
But...Justin Simien does just that, with hair-raising effect.
Way back in 2005, Shin-yeon Won gave the cinematic world: The Wig - unintentionally, this wild wig was utterly hilarious! Now, in 2020, we have the wicked weave...and, with a deft central performance, it is intentionally [but, darkly] hysterical...with a mighty powerful metaphor regarding cultural appropriation running all the way through. It's not subtle in the slightest and it does tend to hijack the high jinks from time-to-time. But, hey...Mr Simien had something to say...and, he said it with a battering ram: Be who you want to be and not what society dictates!
Laverne Cox makes a brief appearance as the wicked weave weaver...in a scene that can only be described as the most tortuous, teeth-clenching, white-knuckled hair-do ever filmed. It's gruesome...sure, this is one weird comedy! A comedy not played for laughs...the stupidity of the story is the comedy...otherwise, it's played completely straight.
It's a camp, hairy horror...that struggles a little from over-writing and under-funding. But...it is massively entertaining.
During the rise of New Jack Swing in 1989, an ambitious young woman from Compton, L.A. aspires to become a VJ but is told she doesn't have the right hair, the right face, or the right skin color to succeed in the image obsessed world of music television. She strikes a Faustian bargain with the new head of a music network who tells her to get a weave, but this new hairstyle turns out to be anything but easy to maintain.