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Barbershop (2002)

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

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An ensemble comedy about a day in the life of a barbershop on the south side of Chicago. It's Calvin's shop, and he inherited the struggling business from his father, but with bills to pay and a baby on the way, he sees the shop as a burden and a waste of 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. Calvin's barbershop is filled with an eclectic and comedic cast of folk who share their stories, jokes, trials and tribulations. In the shop we find Eddie, an old barber with a big mouth, 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.

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Cast

Ice Cube
as Calvin Palmer
Eve
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' Partner
Malik S. Middleton
as Construction Worker
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
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Critic Reviews for Barbershop

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (34)

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.

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

The movie's heart is in the right place, which generates enough warmth to make one root for it.

Full Review… | October 23, 2002
New York Observer
Top Critic

A flat-out hilarious ensemble comedy that probably made me laugh out loud more than any other movie this year.

September 16, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

It's a likable venture that just misses being a lovable one.

September 13, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Barbershop

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
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

½

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

½

Pretty good joint, but was it good enough for a sequel and a spinoff? Don't curr just cut my hurr. My barber's Vietnamese so I would have liked to have seen some Asians in the shop. Cedric carried this, great performance by him.

Lenny Muggsy
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

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