In 1989 an ambitious young woman gets a weave in order to succeed in the image-obsessed world of music television. However, her flourishing career may come at a great cost when she realizes that her new hair may have a mind of its own.
The film kicks off with a change at the top of the television station, which causes an uproar with everyone. The displeasure we see is because several of the ladies were promised promotions, raises, and more.
Moving on, Anna (Elle Lorraine) meets with the new boss, who goes well after the interview, gives her a promotion, but as she gets ready to walk out the door and tells her she needs to do something with her hair.
As we transition into the second act, we start to understand that the extensions she had put in are possessed of some sorts. The subtle hints at first are a nice touch, and as the film progresses, it gets more and more obvious.
Beyond the story itself, the film tells the story of PTSD in this very effective nature that relatable. We all have moments in our childhood that can leave their marks on us for the rest of our lives. So the way writer and director Justin Simien intertwined this within this movie was very well done.
Speaking of the writing, at times during the film, it felt very underwhelming. The highs are super high, but the lows are super low, and that made for the film to be uneven. As we explore further into the ‘possessed’ hair is up too, the script felt like it was falling off the rails. Tightening up certain aspects of the script would have made for a much better movie.
Lastly, Elle Lorraine carries the film’s weight on her shoulders and knocks the third act straight out of the ballpark.
Bad Hair has a big-time cult classic feel to it, but can’t fully overcome the inconsistent writing.
Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.