Lisa Schwarzbaum
February 06, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Caramel

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
92 minutes
performer
Yasmine Al Massri, Nadine Labaki
director
Nadine Labaki
distributor
Roadside Attractions
author
Rodney El Haddad, Nadine Labaki
genre
Romance, Comedy

We gave it a B

The kvetches of regulars at a cheery Beirut beauty salon couldn’t be more familiar — and that’s the slender charm of Caramel, a Lebanese variation on sweetly soapy dramas about Women Who Bond With Wet Hair. Among the femme woes: One lady’s got a married lover; another a fear of aging; a third a crazy sister. Then again, as Steel Magnolias‘ bride-to-be, Julia Roberts never had to deal with a stumper like considering a surgical ”restoration” of her virginity before marriage to her Muslim fiancé. B

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