Whenever I step into my barbershop, there’s always community-like vibes, and the staff is enthusiastic about giving haircuts. Exchanging conversation and or joking around is typical in a barbershop, and filmmakers did an excellent job at captivating the atmosphere of an actual barbershop. If you are a fan of this franchise, you will not be disappointed. The movie’s humor is unique and well separated from what we usually see in today’s comedies, and I like that movies like this provide more opportunities for African American talent. Furthermore, Barbershop: The Next Cut opens the conversation to gang violence and the safety of the innocent who live in places like Long Beach, Compton, or South Chicago.
The cast of the film all shared an outstanding chemistry, and even those who had smaller parts managed to contribute in a way that made us laugh. Ice Cube didn’t really add to the comedy but was the anchor and glue that connected the rest of the cast, same goes for Common. Cedric The Entertainer played a witty and wise old man. So you can imagine the line of laughs lining up at the door. And lastly, there’s Eve, Nicki Minaj, and Regina Hall, who all also did a fantastic job supporting the rest of the cast.
Despite the comedic side of Barbershop: The Next Cut, this movie touches upon serious issues affecting communities across the nation. As a mother of three children, I can identify with the characters constant worry for their kids. The film exposes the reality that some families go through in the lower and middle class. Although, I was blessed to be raised in a safe neighborhood. However, the neighborhood has changed and my son’s have adopted the habit of looking over their shoulders to make sure they are safe. Unfortunately, this has become a way of living in some of Southern California.
Personally, I think Barbershop: The Next Cut is a film that everyone needs to experience simply because Hollywood doesn’t express enough of the African American culture. It’s a great movie to bring your family too although there are some edgy scenes that may not be appropriate for little people eyes.
In all, the cast was outstanding and as the conflicts were occurring everyone was able to give their opinion on the subject. I can see Barbershop becoming a play on Broadway because it does offer a theatrical feel. To conclude, I urge all of you to see it with your friends and or family; it’s sure to remind us all of our values and crack a few laughs.
Until Next Time