Barbershop (2002)



Critic Consensus: Besides bringing on the laughs, Barbershop displays a big heart and demonstrates the value of community.

Movie Info

Calvin (Ice Cube) never wanted to take over the family business, a barbershop on the south side of Chicago. Disgusted with the shop's crime-ridden neighborhood, and caught up in his moneymaking schemes, one morning Calvin decides to sell the shop to the shady Lester (Keith David). Chastised by his pregnant wife, Jennifer (Jazsmin Lewis), for his rash decision, Calvin spends the day cutting heads at the shop, and starts to understand the importance of the legacy his grandfather and father have … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Brown, Don D. Scott, Marshall Todd
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 1, 2003
Box Office: $75.1M
MGM/UA - Official Site


as Calvin Palmer

as Jimmy James

as Terri Jones

as Ricky Nash

as Jennifer Palmer

as Det. Williams

as Janelle

as Hustle Guy

as Angry Woman

as Church Lady

as Bank Manager

as Terri's Customer

as Customer Kwame

as Checkers Fred

as Church Lady

as Customer Artis

as Customer Darrel

as Customer Joe

as Customer Kwame

as Customer Lamar

as Customer Larry

as Customer Rodney

as Customer Sam

as Customer Tyrone

as Customer Rob

as Waiting Customer

as Young Mom

as Fine Woman

as Korean Woman

as Officer With Photo

as Little Kid

as Officer

as Prison Guard

as Rhonda Watts

as Salesman

as Motel Manager

as Detective Williams' ...

as Construction Worker

as Crazy Inmate

as Stair Guy

as Samir's Wife

as Kevin's Other Woman

as Crazy Inmate

as Customer Tillman

as Ricky's Girlfriend

as Himself

as Customer Lloyd
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Critic Reviews for Barbershop

All Critics (125) | Top Critics (35)

Some of the verbal jousts are hot, and a Laurel and Hardy routine involving a stolen ATM is fitfully hilarious, but this reminds me of a pilot for a cable sitcom.

Full Review… | March 23, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Barbershop is a cozy place to hang out for a while, even if you don't need a little off the sides.

Full Review… | March 18, 2008
Associated Press
Top Critic

Perhaps because it promotes traditional values - respect women, crime doesn't pay, family comes first - the film shines in those rare scenes when it plays with received wisdom.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Charming urban comedy for teens.

Full Review… | September 30, 2010
Common Sense Media

A smart, clever, and well-written piece of filmmaking...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

A funny, warm, immensely likable, and all-ages-appealing film centering around the importance of heritage and family.

Full Review… | December 28, 2008

Audience Reviews for Barbershop

Funny and exciting. Ice Cube is great. Solid ensemble class.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Everyone's gettin' lined up.

Good Popcorn Movie! I thought Cedric the Entertainer did a great job, not only with comic lines but also in a couple of dramatic scenes. Of course some of what he said was offensive, but it was probably realistic. I say 'probably' since I'm white and don't really know the culture. Well, I wouldn't recommend it for kids or my mother-in-law, as the language is earthy (but real). But aside from this, it's an excellent film--whether you are black, white or green! Good acting, great characters and exceptional writing make this a good bet.

A day in the life of a barbershop on the south side of Chicago. Calvin, who inherited the struggling business from his deceased father, views the shop as nothing but a burden and waste of his time. After selling the shop to a local loan shark, Calvin slowly begins to see his father's vision and legacy and struggles with the notion that he just sold it out. The barbershop is filled with characters who share their stories, jokes, trials and tribulations. In the shop we find Eddie, an old barber with strong opinions and no customers. Jimmy is a highly educated barber with a superiority complex who can't stand Isaac, the new, white barber who just wants a shot at cutting some hair. Ricky is an ex-con with two strikes against him and is desperately trying to stay straight. Terri is a hard-edged woman who can't seem to leave her two-timing boyfriend. And lastly there's Dinka, a fellow barber who is madly in love with Terri but doesn't get the time of day.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer


Tim Story's Barbershop is more than just a haircut. The film is a comedic, dramatic and heart-felt experience. The cast (lead by Ice Cube) were pristine in regards to humor and a tight community feel. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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