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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 »

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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:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Anthony Anderson gets frustrated he cries out "damn damn damn". This could be a reference to the classic scene from "Good Times " when Florida Evans utters the same phrase after the death of husband James. 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

Dinka: [answering phone] Barbershop. Oh.
Dinka: [to Terri] Terri, it's Kevin.
Terri: I'm not here.
Dinka: What?
Terri: I'm *not here*!
Dinka: [into phone] I know you heard that!
[hangs up receiver]
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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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Spoofed in Tosh.0: Fart Bus Kid (2011) See more »

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Stingy
Written by B.M. Cox, J. Perry, J. Austin
Performed by Ginuwine
Courtesy of Epic Records
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Warm and entertaining, but uneven (**1/2)
25 November 2002 | by Ronin47See all my reviews

An uneven but mostly entertaining comedy/drama, "Barbershop" stars Ice Cube as Calvin, the owner of a neighborhood barbershop that has been passed down in his family through the generations. Of course, it's more than just a barbershop; it's a cornerstone, where you go to laugh with friends and find out what's happening in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, that doesn't pay the bills, and Calvin, tired of barely scraping by, decides to sell the place to a local loan shark (Keith David).

The movie covers the events in and around the barbershop on the day Calvin sells it, changes his mind, and spends the rest of the day trying to get it back, along with several other sub-plots involving other characters in and around the shop (the most interesting being played by Cube and Cedric the Entertainer, both terrific actors).

Whenever the movie stays in the barbershop, it's usually a lot of fun, with some good, entertaining dialogue and witty interplay between the many characters (both barbers and customers). However, the film frequently cuts to an annoying and mostly unfunny sub-plot about two bumbling crooks (Anthony Anderson and Lahmard Tate) trying to break into a stolen ATM machine. This is almost entirely unrelated to anything else in the film, and even though it connects with the main plot at the end, it still feels like dead weight that could have easily been entirely cut from the movie.

This is a good movie, full of heart and worth checking out just for the performances by Cube and Cedric, as well as the good tunes on the soundtrack. It just has a few too many dry stretches and the irritating ATM sub-plot, which holds me back from whole-heartedly recommending it.


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