Comedian Chris Rock is having a Bad Hair Day. His new movie, “Good Hair” is twisting in the wind under the accusation that he stole the idea for his movie from another movie.
While we think stealing for inspiration can be good — we are never in favor of direct, copycat, infringement upon an whole idea.
Did Chris Rock steal the idea for his movie or not?
Funnyman Chris Rock is at the center of a $5 million lawsuit from a woman alleging he stole her idea for his forthcoming documentary about African-American hairstyles.
Regina Kimbell filed a suit at Los Angeles’ District Court this week claiming the inspiration behind Rock’s Good Hair film came from a documentary she made in 2005, which she showed the comic on the set of his TV series Everyone Hates Chris in 2007.
Kimbell alleges Rock ripped off her ideas from My Nappy Roots, which features celebrities who discuss different hairdos. Rock’s documentary, which premieres in the U.S. this Friday, also features famous names talking about the topic.
Later, a court ruled against Kimbell, in an opinion we find more confusing and condescending than convincing:
Chris Rock is getting the last laugh in his legal battle with Regina Kimbell who tried to block the release of the comedian’s movie Good Hair and alleged he stole the premise for it from her 2006 documentary.
“After reviewing these films, I am even more convinced not to grant the preliminary (injunction),” U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer said in court. She added that the two films “don’t seem to be made for the same Audience” and “are not similar at all.”
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