Film Reviews

Barbershop: The Next Cut

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Barbershop: The Next Cut is the third installment of the Barbershop series and it was released in theaters on April 15, 2016.

In this installment, the main challenge that the barbershop faces is the ongoing violence within the surrounding community. Calvin (Ice Cube), in particular, is even more aware of this because he and his wife Jennifer (Jazsmin Lewis) have an impressionable teenaged son who has started mixing in with the wrong crowd.

Fed up with the increased violence of the community, Calvin and his team set out to prove that the hood is more than just a place with crime, it is a home to many and a place where goodness exists and change for the better is possible.

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A still of Common, Cedric the Entertainer and Ice Cube from Barbershop: The Next Cut.

Ice Cube heads up the cast as Calvin, owner of the neighborhood barbershop that was handed down to him by his father. Located in the South Side of Chicago, Calvin’s Barbershop is a pillar of the community and a place where sex, pop culture and politics are discussed openly and freely.

With such a talented cast there is of course no shortage of laughs. Many of the original cast members reprise their roles: Cedric the Entertainer returns as the wisecracking Eddie who does little to nothing other than instigate drama in the shop. Eve is back as the feisty apple juice loving Terry and Sean Patrick Thomas’ Jimmy is also present. Even Troy Garity appears briefly as the previously odd man out Issac.

Common, Lamorne Morris, Regina Hall, and Nicki Minaj are just some of the newcomers whose talents light up the screen. All of these additions to the cast are one of the reasons why this film is still as fresh and as fun to watch as the previous films.

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A still of Nicki Minaj and Eve from Barbershop: The Next Cut

Raunchy jokes and controversial topics are rampant throughout the conversations among characters. To an outsider, it may be surprising to hear that people in the hood have meaningful dialogue about religion, politics and racism in America.

Herein lies what has always made this franchise so special– it gives the marginalized and forgotten a platform to voice their concerns about the issues plaguing their community. The truth of the matter is that this film is highly relevant in 2016. It doesn’t skirt any of the tough issues nor does it pretend to have all of the answers.

Barbershop: The Next Cut is filled with humor and heart. If you’re looking for a film that will make you both laugh and think, I definitely suggest this one. Rotten Tomatoes didn’t give this one 91% fresh rating for nothing!

Barbershop: The Next Cut also stars Anthony Anderson, Deon Cole, JB Smoove, Tyga, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Margot Bingham. It is directed by Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man) and scripted by Kenya Barris (creator and exec producer of ABC’s black-ish).

*Due to crass language and explicit content I wouldn’t recommend this film for all audiences. Cautious parents beware–an ‘F’ bomb is dropped at least once.*

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