Barbershop 2: Back in Business

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -1 1/2

Calvin (Ice Cube) has reopened his barbershop and is rejoined by his funky staff of barbers. Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer) still reigns as the grandfatherly, comical philosopher who occasionally cuts hair. Sassy Terri (Eve), the only female barber, has become more subdued but still takes no nonsense from fresh customers. Jimmy (Sean Patrick Thomas) is now a promoter for a slick politician and struts in and out of the shop in his tailored suit. The only white guy, Isaac (Troy Garity), holds his title as the most artistic barber. Next door, Gina (Queen Latifah) has opened a beauty salon. The neighborhood thrives on sharing gossip, opinions and local news. When a developer starts buying up small businesses in the South Chicago neighborhood to make room for upscale chain stores, Calvin has to decide whether to fight back or sell out. The hilarious characters in Barbershop 2 will certainly lift your spirits on a cold, dreary day.

Calvin has two families his motley crew of employees and his wife and young baby. He shows respect for the elderly Eddie who worked for Calvins father and is a strong role model for his young barbers. Arguments, insults and heated discussions are continuous but always end with a laugh and a friendly gesture. The group breaks into a competitors new shop to satisfy their curiosity about rumors of grandeur. Jimmy soon becomes disenchanted with working for a sleazy politician, recognizing he misses the camaraderie of the barbershop. And when Calvin goes to City Hall to fight for his shop, he uses Scripture to convincingly argue his case. The movies dialog is unfortunately peppered with rough language, including many sexual references and slang terms for sexual behavior. A brief scene with one of the barbers and a young woman in bed implies sex has occurred. If the language and innuendo were clipped out, Barbershop 2 would be 98 minutes of wholesome entertainment.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon

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 (22) times mild (hell 4, damn 2); moderate (tits 3), strong (ass 13)

Obscene Language: Many (18) times strong (f-word 1, s-word 17)

Profanity: Few (2) times strong (GD 2)

Violence: None

Sex: Once mild (implied with woman and man in bed covered by sheet)

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times mild (slang words for sexual activity, suggestive flirting)

Drugs: None

Other: Scripture quoted, traditional family values expressed, theme of loyalty, bathroom humor

Running Time: 98 minutes
Intended Audience: 16 and older

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