Review by Steve Rhodes
2½ stars out of 4
There are a lot worse ways to spend a couple of hours than hanging out with
Calvin (Ice Cube), Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer) and the other barbers in
BARBERSHOP 2: BACK IN BUSINESS. They're a uniformly likeable bunch whose
schtick grows on you. But, truth be told, their material is just a little too
thin to be able to recommend their movie.
The plot this time, to the extent that there is one, concerns the redevelopment
of the buildings around Calvin's old barbershop. NappyCutz, a franchise
haircutting company that features "honeys in bikinis" as barbers, is moving in
across the street from Calvin's spot. The franchisee says that he'll put
Calvin out of business in six or seven months and then he'll install a Jamba
Juice in his building. This, of course, calls for war, and Calvin's approach
is to try to make his place more family friendly by banning foul language and
loud talking -- fat chance of that edict lasting.
The trailer immediately before BARBERSHOP 2: BACK IN BUSINESS was for BEAUTY
SHOP, a female spin-off of the BARBERSHOP franchise, which stars Queen Latifah,
who makes a "guest appearance" as Gina in BARBERSHOP 2. Although Gina doesn't
get her own movie until BEAUTY SHOP is released, she gets a lot of screen time
in BARBERSHOP 2. Always full of sassy wit, she tells Eddie, "The last woman
you slept with was battery powered."
Eddie has some good lines, too. Or at least I think he does. He slurs his
words so badly that we lose most of his jokes. He calls the D.C. sniper, for
example, "the Jackie Robinson of something or other." I have no idea of what,
but it must have been really funny since all of the actors laughed.
I'd advise just waiting for the video release, when you can use the rewind
button to be able to hear Eddie's jokes and use the fast-forward to skip past
the movie's slack parts.
BARBERSHOP 2: BACK IN BUSINESS runs too long at 1:58. It is rated PG-13 for
"language, sexual material and brief drug references" and would be acceptable
Copyright © 2004 Steve Rhodes