Barbershop

Barbershop

Tim Story (2002)

98min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The progression of Ice Cube from musician to credible leading man was given a boost by his self-assured performance here as Calvin Palmer, the jaded owner of a Chicago hairdressing salon that's threatened with foreclosure. A warm but far from tame slice-of-life comedy, it follows the salon through what could be its last day, as barbers and their customers trade jokes and neighbourhood gossip, and Calvin struggles to come up with the cash. The message in director Tim Story's movie, that the establishment - and, by implication, tradition - is vital to the community, is short on subtlety, and a slapstick subplot about a stolen cash dispenser is a needless distraction. However, the camaraderie and antagonistic banter of the workplace are well observed and brightly performed - particularly by stand-up comedian Cedric the Entertainer, who plays a veteran, fearlessly non-PC barber with belligerent gusto.

Summary

A Chicago barber reluctantly sells his shop to an enterprising loan shark, but discovers that his buyer plans to convert the premises into a private gentlemen's club. When the barber tries to buy it back the shark demands twice the original price, so he rallies the assorted members of his staff and his regular customers to raise the money - in just 24 hours. Comedy, starring Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Anthony Anderson, Sean Patrick Thomas, Troy Garity and Michael Ealy.

Cast & Crew

Calvin Palmer Ice Cube
JD Anthony Anderson
Eddie Cedric the Entertainer
Jimmy James Sean Patrick Thomas
Isaac Rosenberg Troy Garity
Ricky Nash Michael Ealy
Dinka Leonard Earl Howze
Lester Wallace Keith David
Jennifer Palmer Jazsmin Lewis
Director Tim Story
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: May be edited for language and violence.Available on: video and DVD
Comedy