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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 left to him. The bickering barbers include Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), the old-timer with his own unique perspective on black life; Terri (rapper Eve in her film debut), a hot-tempered woman with a trifling boyfriend; Jimmy (Sean Patrick Thomas), a college educated snob; Ricky (Michael Ealy) a reformed criminal; Isaac (Troy Garity, the son of Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden), a white B-Boy, whom no one is ready to let cut their hair; and Dinka (Leonard Howze), a recent African immigrant who's too shy to express his feelings for Terri. Calvin learns to appreciate them all, and discovers that the place where they work is more than just a place to get a haircut -- it's a meeting place for the neighborhood, a place where folks can speak their minds and find out what's happening. Calvin gradually changes his mind about selling the shop, but it may be too late. Meanwhile, a bumbling thief, J.D. (Anthony Anderson) spends a painful day trying to crack open the ATM he's stolen from the grocery store across the street. Barbershop was directed by Tim Story and produced by George Tillman Jr. and Robert Teitel, the producers of Soul Food. Barbershop had its world premiere at the 2002 Urbanworld Film Festival.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


Ice Cube
as Calvin Palmer
as Terri Jones
Michael Ealy
as Ricky Nash
Jazsmin Lewis
as Jennifer Palmer
Tom Wright
as Det. Williams
Sonya Eddy
as Janelle
DeRay Davis
as Hustle Guy
Marcia Wright
as Angry Woman
Laura E. Walls
as Church Lady
Lorenzo Clemons
as Bank Manager
Frank Townsend
as Terri's Customer
Cliff Frazier
as Customer Kwame
Carl Wright
as Checkers Fred
Laura E. Wallis
as Church Lady
Woody Bolar
as Customer Artis
Deon Cole
as Customer Darrel
Marshall Titus
as Customer Joe
Clifford T. Frazier
as Customer Kwame
J. David Shanks
as Customer Lamar
Leon S. Rogers Jr.
as Customer Larry
Eric Lane
as Customer Rodney
Norm Van Lier
as Customer Sam
Ray Thompson
as Customer Tyrone
Mark Simmons
as Customer Rob
Vince Green
as Waiting Customer
Cassandra Lewis
as Young Mom
Janina Gavankar
as Fine Woman
Satya Lee
as Korean Woman
Steven Simoncic
as Officer With Photo
Ebboney Wilson
as Little Kid
Matt Orlando
as Officer
Cynthia Maddox
as Prison Guard
Montina Woods
as Rhonda Watts
Llou Johnson
as Salesman
Pat "Soul" Scaggs
as Motel Manager
Dev Kennedy
as Detective Williams' ...
Malik S. Middleton
as Construction Worker
Eddie Bo Smith Jr.
as Crazy Inmate
Kwame Amoaku
as Stair Guy
Toyiah Marquis
as Samir's Wife
Cerall Duncan
as Kevin's Other Woman
Eddie B. Smith
as Crazy Inmate
Maestro Harrell
as Customer Tillman
Rhonda Bobo
as Ricky's Girlfriend
Jalen Rose
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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