MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -3

Rapper turned film producer, Ice Cube, stars as Calvin in this entertaining look at an urban slice of tradition. Like the general store of times past, the neighborhood barbershop is a gathering place not only to get a haircut, but also engage in friendly debate about social views, trade gossip and maybe make new friends. Calvin is a third generation barber, running the family shop handed down from his grandfather. Having tried several get-rich-quick schemes and other ventures, Calvin wants a better life for his family than his father provided. Pressures from creditors and a desire to provide a better life for his wife and child on the way, force Calvin to think about selling the shop to a shady businessman. However, after money changes hands, Calvin has second thoughts and has to figure out how to get the shop back. But one of his barbers has a criminal record and, despite claiming innocence, seems to be connected to a local robbery. Calvin has to choose between saving the shop or bailing out his employee. Cedric the Entertainer plays Eddie, the elder barber in the shop who offers words of wisdom with a lot of attitude. Surprisingly tradition minded, this comedy points viewers in a positive direction.

Although they joke about his lack of activity, the young barbers treat Eddie with respect and gather attentively when he shows the proper technique in shaving a customer. Topics freely discussed in the shop include the need for black people to be truthful, opinions on reparation payments, Rosa Parks' place in the Civil Rights movement and the nobility of the barber's craft. When Calvin comments about his father dying broke, Eddie reminds him of his father's legacy of helping people and that riches don't always come from money. Even the local convenience store owner helps Calvin learn about the influence of small actions. Women's posteriors are also a frequent subject of discussion and one scene suggests a sexual affair. Two inept robbers, dealing with a stolen ATM machine, provide painful slapstick violence. Unfortunately, this urban tale with a moral comes with an abundance of crude language and suggestive comments. Although it may reflect current expressions, frequent vulgarities take the shine off BARBERSHOP.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
MGM, 2500 Broadway St., Santa Monica, CA 90404

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (80) times Mild 36, moderate 44

Obscene Language: Many (12) times F-word 1, s-word 9, other 2

Profanity: Several (8) times Regular 7 (GD 5, G, Swear to G); exclamatory 1 (OG)

Violence: Several times mostly slapstick (truck backed through storefront, men pushing sounds of fight, machine dropped on leg/ foot, punches, bruised/ swollen foot seen, woman smashes car with bat, foot chase/ threats, gun threat)

Sex: None

Nudity: Near nudity Few times (woman partially dressed, cleavage emphasized, short dresses/ tight clothing)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (woman crawls from under mans bed, man squeezes womans rear, men focus on womans rear, reference to turning shop into gentlemens club and slang phrase for sex)

Drugs: Few times - Cigarette smoking starts hotel fire

Other: Ethnic slur (n-word) used few times, wife supportive of husband, woman told to stop cussing, man told all riches dont come from money, man realizes small actions can be positive influence, man follows legacy of helping others, immigrants made fun of, man realizes education doesnt replace manners, younger men show respect to elder, need to tell truth

Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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