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Just to see Cedric shave and preach, you can stay for the whole day in this shop, it won't get wasted for sure.
Story is not much of a narrator, but definitely can tell a funny joke without any jokes. The film feels like some episode of a sitcom. Parallel-y the tales are enfolded with a revelation of foolishness carved out smartly and calculatively, the director, Tim Story, had to only juggle that very aspect and all was and is game. It is also incredibly and instantly likable, more than even Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing, and probably because it is light on feet, in contrast to Lee's heavy sensitive issue spewed like vengeance, fair and square. Never have I seen a film so smooth and confident in its tiny tales of woe it tells by mocking it and accepting the consequences of it.
Picturing the lifestyle of barbers in a barbershop, in one day, there is a lot to enjoy, learn and laugh from. And as Cedric The Entertainer once says, "If we can't talk straight in a barbershop, then where can we talk straight" and so it does feel that honest. The warmth between the characters comes in easy just as the bitterness does. They are ready to go at each other in a snap and also ready to make up in a snap with Marvin Gaye playing in the background.
Ice Cube as a mislead young man and easily seduced and troubled family guy trying to reach for more, spirals out a chaotic event so big that even a gang that cannot stand each other, stands once and for all, together. To me, Cedric would be the game changer in here, his elderly persona where he treats others like students, his students by heckling and inspiring them in each steps, is a proper reliable statement. Barbershop is a shop for sure, you come in and get what you want, you'd be surprised with the quality of the product and why not, it definitely is a new bold fashion look.
This story about a community barbershop offers a handful of laughs and wisdom from its mixture of ensemble cast members, and while the two subplots aren't nearly as entertaining as the shop interplay, "Barbershop" is still an entertaining film based on the values of family and friends.
Very enjoyable and not only quite funny but also makes you think about the usual stuff like life and life choices ... I enjoyed this one.
Not a bad movie, lots of Eve, just not more than 2 of 5 stars in the grand scheme of things :)
It's good movie to watch
Sweet Movie that does good with mixing humor and heart at the same time.
As with any film featuring Ice Cube, Barbershop caught my attention due to a N.W.A. Obsession.
Barbershop is much like Ice Cube's breakthrough comedy vehicle Friday (1995). Both films depict the everyday experiences of the African-American community in as their experiences with social structures and relationships provide comedic banter. Barbershop's narrative is constructed out of a series of characters who each have their own story which is present for the sake of loose characterization, but not so much for any real narrative development. The story in Barbershop is a really simplistic one, but it also means that it's an easygoing one.
Viewers don't have to involve themselves too deeply within the story to enjoy the experience as it is mainly a straightforward comedic venture. The themes in the story are legitimate as the entire film centres around the concept of community; bringing people together to assist each other as friends or simple acquaintances. The underlying message in the film is not preachy or reliant on sentimentality, rather it is one which simply gives a genuine feeling of positivity to the film. It is a really basic theme and a also a rather familiar one, but Barbershop works around this by letting it flow naturally alongside the comedy in the film. Barbershop is a film sourcing its humour from the inherent nature of each character's individuality and through the way they react to various situations over the course of a singular day.
What I really like about Barbershop is the fact that it doesn't rely on simple racial stereotypes to bolster its comedy. The characters are not defined by their race, they are defined by their humanity and the humour comes from the way they interact with each other at a swift and believable rate. There is a side plot surrounding the physical gag of two characters constantly trying to break open a stolen ATM, but the main comic focus in the film simply plays into the dialogue from the characters. Barbershop's refusal to submit to simplistic stereotypes is one of its finest qualities, even when it manages to border on them without crossing the line. An example of this include the fact that the term "Damn" is used sporadically over the course of the film without ever getting excessive, effectively providing some of the funniest moments in the film due to a lack of overexposure.
Barbershop also knows the right time to tone down its comedic elements. The story doesn't offer any major development but does have some good moments of drama that still maintain the lighthearted charm of the film. For example, the moment where Terri Jones breaks up with her cheating boyfriend without resorting to any kind of aggressive racial stereotype provides a really compelling moment of realistic drama. She tells him in the most respectful manner she can, getting frustrated only slightly as he refuses to accept the reality of the situation. Barbershop is a comedy which knows when to restrain itself while functioning on a dramatic level, even taking some occasional moments to discuss some really intelligent concepts about racial identity without being a tedious political statement.
Barbershop succeeds on a small budget as it functions within a singular location which is ripe with appealing scenery. With its simplistic narrative and reliance on dialogue, the performances of the cast are a key factor in bringing it to prominence. And Tim Story lets their natural charms flourish.
Ice Cube is a fine lead for Barbershop. Ice Cube has proven his talents for comedy multiple times, and Barbershop provides a key opportunity for him to remind us all of that. The film provides him a pivotal opportunity for him to show audiences that he is far more than a one-dimensional stereotype. Fans of his work on Friday can enjoy the fact that he maintains an edgy nature which he occasionally injects into the humour, but everyone can rejoice mainly at the fact that his performance is one of subtlety. Most of what he has to say comes from his facial expressions as he remains silent, contemplating what everyone around him means to his character. Calvin Palmer Jr. comes off as a really genuine character, and Ice Cube manages to project a humanized sense of drama in the role with a knack for comic timing. Ice Cube portrays a character of more sophistication than viewers have seen him play before, and it comes across so naturally that it pays a lot of credibility to the man. Ice Cube prove his worth as an actor of simple drama and subtlety in Barbershop while keeping audiences laughing at the right moments.
However, the real star of Barbershop is Cedric the Entertainer. Though he is never officially over the top, Eddie is able to push the limits on a somewhat stereotypical character without ever being a repetitive gimmick. Eddie is a passionately Black character who uses elements of a racial stereotype without ever becoming one. Cedric the Entertainer uses his natural energy to drive a swift and commanding line delivery with added minor physical movements to reinforce the passion for what his character has to say. Yet when the dialogue becomes focused on discussing something of legitimate narrative value, the actor pulls himself back and tones it all down. Cedric the Entertainer knows when to kick it into full gear and when to restrain himself, and the way he stands on both ends of the spectrum with such inherent charisma is a real testament to the claim made his stage name. Cedric the Entertainer is the funniest thing about Barbershop, and his timing is consistently perfect.
The banter between Eve, Sean Patrick Thomas, Leonard Earl Howze and Troy Garity provides a consistently funny atmosphere for Barbershop with every actor bringing something of their own that stands out. Anthony Anderson's comic energy keeps the subplot of the film entertaining, and as a fan of his work with John Carpenter I am really happy to see Keith David active in mainstream cinema again.
Barbershop has a simplistic narrative which relies on familiar themes and little story development, but its realistic characters and delightful cast help to support it as a well-meaning and funny experience which is easy to sit back and embrace.
Plenty of entertainment here in the Barbershop. Some fun life stories and lessons here. A worthy watch. Rating: 7.5 / 10
A great cast and tons of laughs.
The first of the trilogy is more a comedy with it's silly side story, but when its concentrated within the shop itself, Barbershop shows the social commentary that it has become known for so well.