Judge rules Chris Rock’s ‘Good Hair’ isn’t ‘Nappy’
A judge has ruled in favor of comedian Chris Rock, in a judgement that will allow his documentary Good Hair to be released across the country. After an auspicious Special Jury Prize win at the Sundance Film Festival last year, the docu has garnered good reviews and box office in limited release.Plans for a wider release for the movie, which opened October 9th, have been stalled by a lawsuit brought by filmmaker Regina Kimball.
She disputes Rock’s story about how he came up with the idea for the film. She alleges that the film, which features interviews with Ice-T, Nia Long, Paul Mooney, Raven Symone, Maya Angelou and the Rev. Al Sharpton, was a direct rip-off of her 2006 film My Nappy Roots. Rock has claimed that the inspiration for Good Hair came to him when his 7 year old daughter asked,
How come I don’t have good hair?”
However, U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer, who presided over the case announced yesterday, in a comparison the two films, that they
don’t seem to be made for the same audience,”
and that the films,
are not similar at all.”
One thing that’s clear when you compare the two trailers is that Kimball’s version seems to be missing something (aka Chris Rock’s sense of humor).