Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Sean Patrick Thomas,
Unlike Ice Cube's last two lackluster films (All About
the Benjamins, and Next Friday), this new comedy
is all about delivering smart humor. Does it make the delivery?
I think so...
The Plot: The film centers around the main character,
Calvin (Ice Cube) - a struggling entrepreneur who is trying
to get his recording studio off the ground. He also owns the
family barber shop where folk of the neighborhood can come
for a little conversation. Whether they are talking about,
ahem, a women's waist size, or good food, it's always pleasing
to overhear. A short-on-cash Calvin decides to sell his estate
to a crooked town car dealer. Was his decision just, or unjust?
I don't want to spoil it for you.
The Good: This movie succeeds where almost every comedy
this year has come up short on - laughs. The main meat of
this movie is the bantering of local town people talking about
heated political issues. On of my personal favorite scenes
is when the seasoned barber, Eddie, makes a speech that most
of the others in the shop cry foul about. In the speech he
targets some of the big issues in the black community, including
Rosa Parks, and O.J. Simpson. Unlike Ice Cube's Friday
series, this film does not keep it stride with idiotic marijuana
usage and repeated use of foul language, and I love it for
that. Unlike most "Ethnic Movies" where the picture
is made to appeal to the specific ethnic community, this film
appeals to almost everyone looking for a smart, yet witty
The Bad: Although this film is very enjoyable, it
does have its fair share of bad pieces. First of all, another
part of the story centers around two knuckle heads trying
to crack open a stolen ATM machine. These sequences aren't
near as funny as the barber shop ranting, and they are also
way too frequent. Eve's performance as Terri, a woman who
has just broken up with her cheating boyfriend, wasn't too
exciting either. Minor things, but they don't really hurt
the overall movie. If there is a sequel to this already entertaining
movie, I hope they clean up these blemishes and add more barber
shop scenes. Then it would be perfect.
If you find yourself at your local theater searching for
a good movie. Definitely keep this movie in mind. It's worth
your 6 bucks and then some. Check it out!