Barbershop: The Next Cut

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  1. ICQ

    ICQ New Member Staff Member

    Returning veterans Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer are joined by several newcomers, including Nicki Minaj, in the third installment of the hit comedy franchise.

    A dozen years have passed and there have been some major changes, but Calvin's Barbershop is as enjoyable a place to hang out for a couple of hours as ever. Featuring returning favorites and several fun new characters to spice up the mix, Barbershop: The Next Cut, the third installment in the film series, brings the laughs while injecting a serious topical theme that gives it a welcome edge. Viewers should be lining up for cuts.

    The chief difference in this installment is notable from the outset. The Chicago South Side barber shop has gone coed, as Calvin (Ice Cube) has joined forces with salon owner Angie (Regina Hall) to create a single hair-cutting emporium. Although it was a canny business move for them, it's even more advantageous for viewers, as the resulting gender clashes provide much of the film's humor, such as an amusing debate about whether or not President Obama has a "side chick."

    At the same time, newcomer screenwriters Kenya Barris (creator of ABC's Black-ish) and Tracy Oliver introduce a weightier tone by having much of the plot revolve around the horrific violence of the setting. When one gang member comes into the shop, Calvin confiscates his gun, like a saloonkeeper in the Old West. He also becomes increasingly concerned that his teenage son Jalen (Michael Rainey Jr.) is falling under the bad influence of his colleague Rashad's (Common) son Kenny (Diallo Thompson) and is contemplating joining a gang.


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