The crew is back again and together have to find a way to save the neighborhood they all love
I personally have not seen the other Barbershop films but I am a fan of Ice Cube’s work. He makes each of his movies special and they have been enjoyed by tons of people over the years. The Barbershop films are quite popular and have spawned two other movies since the original came out in 2002. Earlier this week I was able to see the newest chapter Barbershop: The Next Cut. It continues right where the last film left off and much has changed. Here is what I thought of it.
Here is the plot for Barbershop: The Next Cut
“To survive harsh economic times, Calvin (Ice Cube) and Angie (Regina Hall) have merged the barbershop and beauty salon into one business. The days of male bonding are gone as Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer) 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.”
Barbershop: The Next Cut is not that bad. Calvin is a simple man who only wants to protect his family from the dangers of the world out there, everybody can understand that in some way. Barbershop: The Next Cut is simple but looks at an issue that is sadly happening too often lately which is gang violence. The worst thing about this topic is that all too often innocent people get killed, many times for just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. There are moments that are shown in this new chapter that may take place in Chicago but this film could be in any city and it wouldn’t detract from the message it is trying to convey. The way that everyone tries to stop this and make a difference is quite clever but I won’t spoil the surprise for you. There are moments of comedy and some moments that hit your right in the gut. The greatest thing about this movie is how it shows that as long as you work together towards change you will be surprised by how things can turn out.
Barbershop: The Next Cut gets 7/10. It is not my kind of film but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Nicki Minaj plays an odd role but it is not a terrible fit and has a few good moments. The comedy is silly sometimes but at its core the film is full of love for your neighborhood and the people living in it. Overall a clever comedy that is about more than just simple side gags and ridiculous jokes.
If you are in the mood for a feel good comedy then this is the film for you. If you like Ice Cube then you will not want to miss seeing this film. Barbershop: The Next Cut is out now.
Watch the side splitting trailer below: