(Ice Cube, Anthony Anderson, Cedric The Entertainer, Eve / PG-13 / 102 mins / MGM)
Overview:Set in Chicago's South Side, this flick finds Ice Cube playing Calvin, the frustrated owner of a neighborhood barbershop, a hub of conversation and gossip that he's inherited from his father. Calvin sells the shop, which he considers a burden, to a local loan shark, but then gradually comes to realize its importance in maintaining his father's legacy.
Verdict:Ungainly in construction but graceful in delivery, 'Barbershop' is an entertaining, surprisingly well-written and often rowdily amusing picture. What is celebrates is that humor and spirit of invention that gets us all — especially the most hard-working of us — through our days and for that alone, 'Barbershop' succeeds on many levels. But, with regard both sides of the coin, where it's also ennobled by its simplicity it offers nothing daring or refreshing on the topic of race or civic relations - a platform constructed, yet left untouched.