Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)

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Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)
  • Time: 112 min
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Director: Malcolm D. Lee
  • Cast: Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson

Storyline:

It’s been more than 10 years since our last appointment at Calvin’s Barbershop. Calvin and his longtime crew are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood.

One review

  • A barbershop is sacred ground for men. For the most part, it is female free despite conversations constantly being stopped to check them out but when conversations are flowing, they contain hilarious dialogue regarding sports, pop culture, and current events that are relatable. Leave it to Barbershop: The Next Shop to leave behind the first two topics of conversation and focus purely on the aforementioned as, “[Chicago’s] streets are talking. They’re tired. They’re angry.”

    It’s been more than 10 years since our last appointment at Calvin’s Barbershop. Calvin and his longtime crew, including Eddie, are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood.

    A lot has changed since the second Barbershop film as Obama is now president of the United States, Ice Cube’s Calvin is now a father, the barbershop is now unisex and a new rotation of barbers has kicked in. Barbershop: The Next Cut is the fourth installment in the Barbershop franchise (not forgetting the 2005 spin-off, Beauty Shop) and this one isn’t aiming purely for our funny bones as the previous installments have. The Southside of Chicago has been a violent stopping grounds for gangs as of late and the film puts this issue on full blast. Gun control in general is touched on but the Southside of Chicago is the focal point. The issue is simplified for the sake of the film but what other outlets are speaking on this serious topic outside of rap music?

    The films struggles when Kenya Barris, who penned the script, attempts to intertwine the banter with dialogue on serious issues. At one moment, the film is talking about Instagram divas, bad weaves, STDs then suddenly switches to Trayvon Martin, Freddie Grey, and whether or not Obama has helped the black community throughout his tenure as president. Just like the other Barbershop installments, the snappy humor is present and majority of the jokes stick.

    Being bound, for the most part, to a single set and filled with simple dialogue, the Barbershop franchise has always shined through the jokes and an amazing ensemble. Ice Cube, Eve, Sean Patrick Thomas, Troy Garity, and Cedric the Entertainer return and Regina Hall, Common and Nicki Minaj join in for the fun as well.

    Barbershop: The Next Cut does not offer answers to this serious issue of gun control in the South Side of Chicago but raises important questions that demands answers. The film ends with an inspiring call to individual action and after watching this film, one would only hope that progress is made in real life.

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