Review by Monique Thompson
To survive harsh economic times, Calvin and Angie have merged the barbershop and beauty salon into one business. The days of male bonding are gone as Eddie and the crew must now contend with sassy female co-workers and spirited clientele. As the battle of the sexes rages on, a different kind of conflict has taken over Chicago. Crime and gangs are on the rise, leaving Calvin worried about the fate of his son. Together, the friends come up with a bold plan to take back their beloved neighborhood.
The gang is back in the long awaited followup to the 2004 film, Barbershop 2: Back In Business, with the next installment in the series, Barbershop: The Next Cut. Fourteen years have passed since the original Barbershop in 2002, and what a way to come back with a bang! In The Next Cut, Calvin (Ice Cube) and Angie (Regina Hall) are running the barbershop, that now also doubles as a beauty salon. Situated in crime ridden Chicago, Calvin and his wife are trying to raise their teenage son and must contemplate whether they should relocate to a safer neighborhood, which would also mean uprooting the shop as well. Meanwhile, Calvin and the other barbers and stylists decide to come up with a unique plan to try and cease the violence and unnecessary killings in their beloved city.
With the exception of Calvin, Eddie (Cedric The Entertainer), and Terri (Eve), there’s an entire new crew of barbers, and stylists that mostly gives this installment a fresh new vibe. While Michael Ealy’s character, Ricky, doesn’t return this go ’round, Common’s character Rashad has a very similar demeanor, as Calvin’s best fried and Terri’s husband. A few other additions include Draya (Nicki Minaj), a money-chasing flirt, the nerd of the crew, Jerrod, and Indian barber Raja.
No doubt, The Next Cut is ridiculously hilarious in its execution of poking fun at many current events, politics, and celebrities, Bill Cosby being one. Leading the lineup of barbers with Calvin, his side kick Eddie comes with joke after joke, that almost makes it seem as if he’s in his own stand up show. All the jokes to the side, the film packs a powerful message while increasing attention to a city that’s saturated with violence in reality. Raising a teenager, let along in a city such as Chicago is no easy task, making Cube’s character very relatable for many parents. The film definitely raises awareness to the city’s problems and really defines what community involvement should be about, which is a great thing.
Barbershop: The Next Cut is by far a solid film and just downright entertaining from start to finish. Long awaited but a great comeback!
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