out of 4
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Barbershop 2: Back In Action
Starring: Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer|
Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan
RunTime: 116 Minutes
Release Date: February 2004
|*Also starring: ||Eve , Michael Ealy, James Chisem, Queen Latifah, Parvesh Cheena, Troy Garity, Leonard Howze, Kenan Thompson, David Newman, Jazsmin Lewis, Sean Patrick Thomas||
Review by Susan Granger
3 stars out of 4
While this sequel is not quite as funny as the original, it's once again
set in the traditional barbershop on Chicago's South Side that's run by
hard-working Calvin Palmer (Ice Cube), who inherited it from his father. It's a
place where the cutters and their customers can - and do - say whatever crosses
their minds about social issues, politics, race relations or entertainment.
This time, Calvin's rattled by an inner-city real-estate entrepreneur
Quentin Leroux (Harry Lennix) who is determined to gentrify the 'hood by
developing a group of trendy franchises, like juice bars, sandwich shops and
gyms. "As long as they ain't building no liquor stores - or stripper bars - I'm
cool with that," he reasons. But when a snazzy competitor called Nappy Cutz
opens across the street, a territorial struggle begins and Cal discovers just
how important his shop is.
From the opening credits, which trace the history of black coiffure,
it's a tribute to African-American culture. Written by Don D. Scott, based on
characters created by Mark Brown, and directed by Kevin Rodney Smith ("How
Stella Got Her Groove Back"), its humor is topical, timely and
character-driven. In addition to Ice Cube, there's Cedric the Entertainer, the
irreverent barber whose past history within the shop is revealed in flashback;
the singer Eve, the only female cutter; Queen Latifah, the feisty proprietor of
the beauty shop next-door; plus Troy Garrity, the token white barber. But it's
the fast-paced, irreverent banter that you're gonna remember, particularly when
the Washington D.C. sniper is dubbed "the Jackie Robinson of crime." On the
Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "Barbershop 2: Back in Business" is a savvy,
sassy 7. And look for Queen Latifah to have her own spin-off, "Beauty Shop,"
later this year.
Copyright © 2004 Susan Granger
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