Barbershop: The Next Cut
Ten years have passed since our last appointment at Calvin’s Barbershop. Calvin and his longtime crew are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop and challenge the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together not only to save the shop, but also their neighborhood.
“Barbershop: The Next Cut” is about a barber named Calvin (Ice Cube) who has run his shop in the south side of Chicago for many years, and he is tired of the violence. He and the other barbers in his shop start a cease-fire weekend, offering free haircuts, and yet one beloved young man loses his life that very weekend. Along with this tragedy, Calvin is doing his best to keep his son, Jalen (Michael Rainey Jr.), from joining a gang. He does his best to be a good father, despite the boy’s lack of respect. The fight against violence, along with Calvin’s determination to be there for his son, are the high points of the film. Unfortunately, there are many low points as well. The film features constant strong language throughout its entirety, not to mention a single woman’s attempts to seduce a married man, many sexual innuendos, and a comment from a man from India who says, “I don’t like white people.” The reason that comment is in there is beyond me.
At any rate, despite a few laughs, much of the humor is raunchy. So, due to the content, we are unable to award “Barbershop: The Next Cut” our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.