This film is written, directed, and produced by Justin Simien. The movie seems to be a bit rushed and lacks the care poured into Dear White People. The film stars Elle Lorraine, Jay Pharoah, Vanessa Williams, Lena Waithe, Kelly Rowland, Laverne Cox, Chanté Adams, James Van Der Beek, Usher Raymond IV, and Blair Underwood. The production value is of a LifeTime straight to television movie. No area in this film is done great. I really get disappointed in "all black movies" that lack in quality but bolster all good black casts. The murky plot and terrible writing doesn't help much here.
I'd only ask the creators of this movie, are the women that buy and wear weaves or wigs any less in tune with their culture? The acting, special effects, and writing left a lot to be desired here. This is a definite view only once movie. The star is the cast and 80's era setting. Unfortunately there's nothing new or inventive here. Chris Rock's Bad Hair is on every level superior, even as a documentary being released a decade prior to this film.
I rated this movie: Almost Entertaining with 2.5/5 movie tickets.