Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 2002. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, State Street Pictures, Cube Vision. Story by Mark Brown, Screenplay by Mark Brown, Don D. Scott, Marshall Todd. Cinematography by Tom Priestley Jr.. Produced by Mark Brown, Robert Teitel, George Tillman Jr.. Music by Terence Blanchard. Production Design by Roger G. Fortune. Costume Design by Devon Patterson. Film Editing by John Carter. Washington Film Critics Awards 2002.
A Chicago barbershop is the setting for this delightful comedy, where local residents gather to spiff themselves up and engage in conversations about their lives and the world around them. Unbeknownst to the customers and employees, the owner of the shop (Ice Cube) who inherited the business from his father, is up to his neck in debt and has decided to sell the property to a powerful loan shark (Keith David). After making the deal, however, Ice Cube realizes that the barbershop is more than a ratty little salon; it’s the heart of the neighbourhood and has a lot more meaning than just haircuts for its patrons and employees. While the direction is lackluster and the script dips too often into character cliches, much of the dialogue is witty and the performances bring it to life with snap. Rapper-turned-actress Eve is a standout as the sole female employee of the barbershop who is very defensive about the apple juice she keeps in the refrigerator.