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Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)

Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)


Ice Cube
Cedric The Entertainer

Directed by Malcom D. Lee

When a movie is well received (Rotten Tomatoes wise) and has gathered good reviews, we have to see it ourselves to either come to the same conclusion or differ strongly.
Barbershop: The Next Cut is a good movie, but not as great or awesome as the reviews have said, may be I feel so because I’m not American. The movie for one is better than the previous, Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2002).

A well thought through script which in-cooperates the current trending news of violence on blacks and making jokes of the current status of things. I’m not an American so watching this I had to do some catchup on some of the incidents being discussed.
Regardless of being out of sync with the movies material, which is not the writer or producers fault, the movie was interesting and funny even though some of the jokes or discussions went over my head.

That aside, one of the biggest issues we face in this world which was addressed in this film, is our willingness to blame the government for everything. We keep hoping time and time again that this present government will bring about the change we so desire, but in the movie the barbershop decided to take matters into their own hands. They tried to change the current condition of black on black violence going on in the neighborhood by approaching the two gang leaders in their neighborhood and negotiates a ceasefire for 48 hours.

The movie plot starts with Calvin (Ice Cube) catching us up on what has been going on in his life and in his community. He had to merge his Barbershop with a beauty salon so as to better handle the economic downturn.

Calvin’s son is now grown and he too has to deal with the issue of either being part of a gang or not. And in the shop, the men and women are trying to see how they can better their society by making the Barbershop a safe haven, where various gang members can come with no fighting.

Now the movie had cameos from the other actors who played barbers in the previous barbershop movies, seeing them again was something I truly enjoyed. Now concerning the cast in the movie, Ice Cube’s performance in this movie is worth noting. He out performed his compatriots who also deserve to be recognized for their awesome performance, even Nicki Minaj.

The movie is a critical success, but as I complained some of the issues being discussed and jokes were very common to Americans, because of this I don’t expect this movie to be much of a worldwide success, but it should do very well domestically.


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