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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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Taglines:

Everyone's gettin' lined up.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shortly after the film's theatrical release in late September 2002, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton protested over some of the statements made by Cedric the Entertainer's character Eddie about African-American historical figures Rosa Parks ("Rosa Parks ain't do nuthin' but sit her Black ass down; there was a whole lotta other people that sat down on the bus, and they did it way before Rosa did!"), Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ("Martin Luther King was a ho [whore]!"), and Jackson himself ("Fuck Jesse Jackson"). Jackson and Sharpton pressured MGM to edit these scenes out of the film before its DVD release in January 2003; the film was released with the "controversial" scenes intact. See more »

Goofs

When Ray Ray, the solicitor, is in the shop, he gives Ricky a phone which a few moments later, he is seen taking it back. However, as Calvin enters and chases him out, Ricky is seen again with that same phone, trying to give it to Isaac who was standing behind him. See more »

Quotes

J.D.: You lock yo' door?
Billy: Yeah, man; I ain't stupid!
J.D.: [Billy's sister walks into the room] Then why your sister in the room, man?
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Hell's Kitchen: Winner Chosen (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Mama Feelgood
Written by Lynn Collins
Performed by Lynn Collins
Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Music Inc.
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Well done, often funny, but uneven
26 July 2005 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

While this was supposed to be about Calvin's barber shop, I enjoyed the misadventures of J. D. and Billy and the stolen ATM, which became relevant only toward the end of the movie. As for what took place in the barber shop itself, I enjoyed those scenes only part of the time.

I thought Cedric the Entertainer did a great job, not only with comic lines but also in a couple of dramatic scenes. Of course some of what he said was offensive, but it was probably realistic. I say 'probably' since I'm white and don't really know the culture.

One well-done scene involved Isaac, the one white barber, and one of the black barbers who had a racist attitude. And another one of the best scenes involved an angry woman, a baseball bat, and a car.

I liked Dinka, who was from Africa. How could anyone not like him? Well, apparently in black culture, in addition to light-skinned blacks being prejudiced against dark-skinned and vice versa, there are some American blacks who are prejudiced against African immigrants. At least that was the case in this movie. Some really harsh comments.

Ice Cube did a good job. I think most of the actors did. There were some characters I didn't like and that may have clouded my opinion of the acting performances, but overall a lot of talent was shown here.


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