Barbershop (2002)

TIM STORY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2002.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, State Street Pictures, Cube Vision.  Story by , Screenplay by Mark Brown, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by . Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  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 () 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 (). 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  is a standout as the sole female employee of the barbershop who is very defensive about the apple juice she keeps in the refrigerator.

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