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Barbershop (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 13 September 2002 (USA)
A day in the life of a South Side Chicago barbershop.

Director:

Tim Story

Writers:

Mark Brown (story), Mark Brown (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ice Cube ... Calvin Palmer
Anthony Anderson ... J.D.
Cedric the Entertainer ... Eddie
Sean Patrick Thomas ... Jimmy James
Eve ... Terri Jones
Troy Garity ... Isaac Rosenberg
Michael Ealy ... Ricky Nash
Leonard Earl Howze ... Dinka
Keith David ... Lester Wallace
Jazsmin Lewis ... Jennifer Palmer
Lahmard J. Tate ... Billy (as Lahmard Tate)
Tom Wright ... Detective Williams
Jason George ... Kevin
DeRay Davis ... Hustle Guy
Sonya Eddy ... Janelle
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Storyline

A day in the life of a barbershop on the south side of Chicago. Calvin, who inherited the struggling business from his deceased father, views the shop as nothing but a burden and waste of his time. After selling the shop to a local loan shark, Calvin slowly begins to see his father's vision and legacy and struggles with the notion that he just sold it out. The barbershop is filled with characters who share their stories, jokes, trials and tribulations. In the shop we find Eddie, an old barber with strong opinions and no customers. Jimmy is a highly educated barber with a superiority complex who can't stand Isaac, the new, white barber who just wants a shot at cutting some hair. Ricky is an ex-con with two strikes against him and is desperately trying to stay straight. Terri is a hard-edged woman who can't seem to leave her two-timing boyfriend. And lastly there's Dinka, a fellow barber who is madly in love with Terri but doesn't get the time of day. Written by Uber Minion

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and brief drug references | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Barbearia See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,627,433, 15 September 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$75,782,105

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,063,924
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Keith David and Tom Wright starred together in Marked For Death alongside Steven Seagal 12 years earlier (1990). See more »

Goofs

Several references are made to Ricky serving a long prison sentence due to the three-strikes law. Illinois is not among the states that have three-strike related laws. See more »

Quotes

Dinka: I'm big-boned, Rick! Hefty! Rotund! There's too much of myself to go around!
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Alternate Versions

UK video version was edited (for language) by 51 sec. to secure a '12' rating. Additionaly some of the supplementary material for the DVD was cut (47 sec.) to keep the video rating. An uncut '15' was available to the distributor. See more »


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Flava Man
Written by Andre Garrett (as A. Garrett), D. Johnson, Gary Meals (as G. Meals)
Performed by Andre Garrett
Courtesy of 12 Inch R.P.M. Ent.
Under license from Gary Meals
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Talk About a Real Clip Joint....In More Ways Than One.
11 February 2004 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Hilarious picture that is held together just well enough by a somewhat mediocre screenplay to be one of the funnier movies of the past few years. In inner-city Chicago barbershop owner Ice Cube hates where his life is at. He has a very pregnant wife (Jazsmin Lewis) and is drowning in debt due to his late father's apparent lack of business sense. He looks at the shop as a burden and wants to unload it to shady neighborhood businessman Keith David (and his very large bodyguard DeRay Davis). What Cube does not realize is just how important the business is to many in the neighborhood and he also fails to realize that David cares nothing about the people and wants to turn the place into a gentleman's club. Some of the other cutters include intellectual Sean Patrick Thomas, West African immigrant Leonard Earl Howze, racially confused white boy Troy Garity, two-time criminal Michael Ealy, lonely and out-of-place Eve (who is involved with two-timing boyfriend Jason Winston George) and priceless veteran barber/loud-mouth Cedric The Entertainer (very politically incorrect as well). Simultaneously two local losers (Anthony Anderson and Lahmard Tate) have stolen an ATM machine from a convenient store near Cube's barbershop. The two try and try to get the money that is not even inside out with painstakingly outlandish results. Unwittingly they have taken an empty money machine. African-Americans like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson rubbished this movie as being demeaning and rude to black communities. This was never the intention of the film-makers (I don't think). Cedric has a tongue of acid here as he takes on Jackson, Sharpton, O.J. Simpson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Rodney King and even Walter Payton. I believe the real point of Cedric's character is to show that the titled location is a place of comfort and respect, regardless of an individual's views or perspectives. In this regard it makes you realize just what a close-knit group the characters are to each other. All the players are very different and sometimes don't like one another, but still they respect and welcome everyone else. Overall I liked the project (even though it is not the most fundamentally effective film ever made by a long-shot). Comedic timing and fresh characters make a sub-par script and ho-hum direction look much better than they really are. Watch for former Michigan Fab-Fiver and current NBA standout Jalen Rose as one of the many diverse customers. 4 stars out of 5.


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