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Barbershop 2: Back In Action

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Starring: Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer
Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan
Rated: PG-13
RunTime: 116 Minutes
Release Date: February 2004
Genre: Comedy

*Also starring: Eve , Michael Ealy, James Chisem, Queen Latifah, Parvesh Cheena, Troy Garity, Leonard Howze, Kenan Thompson, David Newman, Jazsmin Lewis, Sean Patrick Thomas

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Review by Steve Rhodes
2½ stars out of 4

There are a lot worse ways to spend a couple of hours than hanging out with Calvin (Ice Cube), Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer) and the other barbers in BARBERSHOP 2: BACK IN BUSINESS. They're a uniformly likeable bunch whose schtick grows on you. But, truth be told, their material is just a little too thin to be able to recommend their movie.

The plot this time, to the extent that there is one, concerns the redevelopment of the buildings around Calvin's old barbershop. NappyCutz, a franchise haircutting company that features "honeys in bikinis" as barbers, is moving in across the street from Calvin's spot. The franchisee says that he'll put Calvin out of business in six or seven months and then he'll install a Jamba Juice in his building. This, of course, calls for war, and Calvin's approach is to try to make his place more family friendly by banning foul language and loud talking -- fat chance of that edict lasting.

The trailer immediately before BARBERSHOP 2: BACK IN BUSINESS was for BEAUTY SHOP, a female spin-off of the BARBERSHOP franchise, which stars Queen Latifah, who makes a "guest appearance" as Gina in BARBERSHOP 2. Although Gina doesn't get her own movie until BEAUTY SHOP is released, she gets a lot of screen time in BARBERSHOP 2. Always full of sassy wit, she tells Eddie, "The last woman you slept with was battery powered."

Eddie has some good lines, too. Or at least I think he does. He slurs his words so badly that we lose most of his jokes. He calls the D.C. sniper, for example, "the Jackie Robinson of something or other." I have no idea of what, but it must have been really funny since all of the actors laughed.

I'd advise just waiting for the video release, when you can use the rewind button to be able to hear Eddie's jokes and use the fast-forward to skip past the movie's slack parts.

BARBERSHOP 2: BACK IN BUSINESS runs too long at 1:58. It is rated PG-13 for "language, sexual material and brief drug references" and would be acceptable for teenagers.

Copyright 2004 Steve Rhodes

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