Barbershop: THE NEXT CUT – Rated PG-13

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BARBERSHOP ~ THE NEXT CUT – Rated PG-13

Starring Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Common, Regina Hall, Sean Patrick Harris, Anthony Anderson and Nicki Minaj

Back for another go round in the BARBERSHOP we have loved since 2002, Calvin (Ice Cube), Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer) and the gang have joined forces with the ladies who cohabitate in the shop with them, Angie, (Regina Hall), Eve (Terri) and Draya (Nicki Minaj), as they seek to find a way to stop the gang violence that has taken over their street, and the entire Southside of Chicago too it seems…

As Calvin not only fights for his livelihood, but the lives of his son Jalen (Michael Rainey Jr.) and the rest of the youngsters being beckoned to the streets too, these hair cutting masters and mentors are finding a way to peace, and saving their babies from perishing too…

I give BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT a rating between WAIT AND CATCH THIS ONE ON DVD OR NETFLIX ~ Having loved this series from its inception, I was anxious to see what the next chapter would hold for these comedic scissor wielding dudes, and if this installment could hold a candle to the first, and it was almost there, but not quite. Ice Cube is once again perfect as Calvin, trying to save the world, and his family too, and Cedric the Entertainer is just as funny as ever as Eddie, and I thoroughly liked all the LADIES IN THE HOUSE too ~ as this dynamic made for an added girl perspective throughout each and every frame of this film. So why the subpar rating you ask? The storyline, though serious in nature and not be taken lightly, began to come across pretty PREACHY as this film meandered along. And even though I do love all of these actors and their work, I was taken back by one line in the film, and I’ll leave it at that… My hope is that this film reaches the masses they are hoping to connect with, and that the lives of those being affected by the killings and its aftermath in Chicago, will take heed to the message Cube and this film are trying to convey ~ with their message of hope in keeping all this madness at bay, and to change the reality in which the Southside lives, every single day…

Kathy Kaiser