Rapper turned actor/producer Ice-Cube is already having a great year! AAFCA (African-American Film Critics Association) honored his film ‘Straight Outta Compton” and now he’s back in the third installment of his hit film “Barbershop”.
This one takes a serious tone focusing more on the unprecedented violence in Chicago than on the jokes. Even Anthony Anderson’s character is a little more straight-laced.
Faced with the violence finally hitting the block where the barbershop is, Calvin (Ice-Cube) is once again faced with the decision of moving the shop or giving it up altogether. As it that weren’t enough, the son who was a baby in the first installment is now a teen on the verge of joining a gang just to fit in. So, the shop gets the gangs to hold s truce for 48 hours in hopes of getting the violence under control if only for a little while.
Barbershop wouldn’t be the same without its old standby’s Eddie (Cedric The Entertainer), Terri (Eve) , who is now married to Rashad lushly played by my celebrity crush Common and the young politician/barber trying to make a difference Jimmy (Sean Patrick Harris). However, the new blood infused fits right on in like my girl Nicki Minaj as Draya, Regina Hall as Angie, Margot Bingham as Bree, Tyga as Yummy, Jamal Woolard as Marquis is giving you Suge Knight in look and presence, Deon Cole as that one customer that don’t know how to go home (Dante) is hilarious, New Girl’s Lamorne Morris (Jerrod) and Raja (Utkarsh Ambudkar) and JB Smoove as One-Stop provide much of the comic relief this time around.
The young men playing Jalen (Michael Rainey , Jr.) and Kenny (Diallo Thompson) are turning in some stellar work and their scenes are some of the most poignant and heartwarming of the film
Barbershop: The Next Cut drives home the point of the senseless shootings when one of the “good ones’ happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
This wasn’t my favorite in the franchise, but I applaud the efforts of the cast, Cube, directors Malcolm D. Lee and “Black’ish” writer Kenya Barris for throwing this issue in America’s face and making them think if only for a minute what they could do to curb the problem instead of adding fuel to the fire.
Barbershop: The Next Cut is in theaters NOW!