Movie Reviews: Barbershop




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      MGM (1 hr. 42 min.)
     Ice Cube plays a selfish son who inherits his father’s struggling barbershop on the south side of Chicago.
     Ice Cube, Anthony Anderson, Cedric the Entertainer, Sean Patrick Thomas, Eve, Keith David
Bottom Line:


The surprisingly entertaining "Barbershop" is one of those comedy films whose plot could have easily been driven by pointless sex jokes and bathroom humor detracting from the fact that a screenplay is missing. However, in the spirit of "Do the Right Thing," director Tim Story has his finger on the pulse of inner city social gathering places such as barbershops.

Although the characters in "Barbershop" are more colorful and eccentric than the barbers and patrons where I get my hair cut, they still have a ring of authenticity. Their effortless banter, camaraderie and rowdy humor is evidence that scriptwriter George Tillman Jr. spent time observing the rapid-fire repartee in neighborhood "Barbershops."

Tillman’s longtime South Side Chicago barbershop is owned by Calvin Palmer (Ice Cube), a failing owner who decides to sell the shop which he inherited from his late father to pay his back taxes and pursue a dream of opening a recording studio in his basement.

Palmer sells the shop for $20,000 to a loan shark (Keith David), who plans to turn the shop into a Barbershop "gentleman's" club.

During the course of the film, Palmer discovers that his father’s shop is more than just a clip joint, but rather a vital part of the community and its customer’s lives.

Well-written and starring a great ensemble led by Cedric the Entertainer, the "Barbershop" is a cleverly funny, boisterous film.



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