Caramel 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… PG-13 PT92M Comedy Romance Yasmine Al Masri Nadine Labaki Roadside Attractions
Movie Review

Caramel

MPAA Rating: PG-13
CARAMEL Nadine Labaki as Layale in the sweetly soapy drama set at a Beirut beauty salon
CARAMEL Nadine Labaki as Layale in the sweetly soapy drama set at a Beirut beauty salon
EW's GRADE
B

Details Rated: PG-13; Length: 92 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Romance; With: Yasmine Al Masri and Nadine Labaki; Distributor: Roadside Attractions

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

Originally posted Jan 30, 2008 Published in issue #977 Feb 08, 2008 Order article reprints