Barbershop 2: Back in Business
Calvin (Ice Cube) has reopened his barbershop and is rejoined by his funky staff of barbers. Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer) still reigns as the grandfatherly, comical philosopher who occasionally cuts hair. Sassy Terri (Eve), the only female barber, has become more subdued but still takes no nonsense from fresh customers. Jimmy (Sean Patrick Thomas) is now a promoter for a slick politician and struts in and out of the shop in his tailored suit. The only white guy, Isaac (Troy Garity), holds his title as the most artistic barber. Next door, Gina (Queen Latifah) has opened a beauty salon. The neighborhood thrives on sharing gossip, opinions and local news. When a developer starts buying up small businesses in the South Chicago neighborhood to make room for upscale chain stores, Calvin has to decide whether to fight back or sell out. The hilarious characters in “Barbershop 2” will certainly lift your spirits on a cold, dreary day.
Calvin has two families — his motley crew of employees and his wife and young baby. He shows respect for the elderly Eddie who worked for Calvin’s father and is a strong role model for his young barbers. The movie’s dialog is unfortunately peppered with rough language, including many sexual references and slang terms for sexual behavior. A brief scene with one of the barbers and a young woman in bed implies sex has occurred. If the language and innuendo were clipped out, “Barbershop 2” would be 98 minutes of wholesome entertainment.