It was like a breath of fresh air from beginning to end. Barbershop: The Next Cut debuted in theaters this past weekend, bringing in over 20 million dollars opening weekend, coming in second behind The Jungle Book. The film was never short a joke and the story was just as relevant as it was inspiring. The film highlights, yet again, a deep love for the city of Chicago, the gang and violence issues in the city, and the significance of fatherhood. Director and producer Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man Holiday, Welcome Home, Rosco Jenkins) led an incredible cast, who delivered realistic chemistry on screen and represented their characters, new and old, to a t.
It was great to see the Barbershop veterans back on the big screen. Calvin (Ice Cube), Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), Terri (Eve) and Jimmy (Sean Patrick Thomas) are doing well and have all grown into themselves, but the breakout performances go to the newbies in the shop: Draya (Nicki Minaj), Jerrod (Lamorne Morris) and Raja (Utkarsh Ambudkar). With the barbershop being unisex now, Draya brought in the new school female vibe, while Jerrod took Jimmy’s place, being the butt of many jokes, and Raja carried a perspective, and swag, to the shop that hasn’t been there before. The addition of Common to the cast enhanced the Chi-town authenticity and he did a pretty good job embracing his role.
Again, I’m not one to give away a movie but I encourage you to head to your local theater and check it out. If you enjoyed the first two films, then you won’t be disappointed in this one. If you hated the first two, then give this one a try anyway, or at least put it on your ‘To Watch’ list. It’s a wonderful addition to an already great franchise, and with that being said, I give this movie 5 STARS! What did you think?
Written By: Melody Lanei