Film: Barbershop

Opened: September 13, 2002

Directed by: Tim Story

Starring: Ice Cube, Anthony Anderson, Cedric the Entertainer, Keith David, Michael Ealy, Sean Patrick Thomas, Eve, Troy Garity, Leonard Earl Howze, Jazsmin Lewis, Lahmard Tate, Tom Wright, Jason Winston George, DeRay Davis & Parvesh Cheena

A story of community, Barbershop is a strong comedy with a storyline that is still relevant and entertaining almost 20 years after its release.

Calvin Palmer Jr. (Ice Cube) runs a barbershop on the South Side of Chicago, but dreams of a bigger career. Trying to save his barbershop, he sells it to Lester Wallace (Keith David) before he’s aware of his plan to change it.

The film focuses on a community aspect of family made from friends and neighbors. The titular barbershop acts as a gathering place and the disappointment of everyone when they hear it might be closing is something many can relate to.

Cube and Cedric the Entertainer are fantastic leads who bring heart to the film, while then-newcomers Eve and Michael Ealy are strong in supporting roles.

Final say: Timeless and funny. ★★★★☆

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