(2016) (Ice Cube, Common) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Comedy: The staff of a South Side Chicago unisex salon deal with changing local demographics that has brought a violent criminal element into their neighborhood.
- Calvin (ICE CUBE) and Eddie (CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER) continue to run their South Side Chicago barbershop. But hard times have fallen on their neighborhood. Not only did the Great Recession impact business, compelling them to form a partnership with women's salon operator Angie (REGINA HALL), but now a criminal element has taken over the nearby streets and side streets. For the first time ever, Calvin and his wife, Terri (EVE), are seriously contemplating moving the business to the North Side to give their son, Jalen (MICHAEL RAINEY JR.), a better chance to avoid falling prey to the street gang life.
Meanwhile, it's business as usual at the shop with the daily gossip, political ramblings, and arguments of the stylists and customers. Rashad (COMMON), who is married to Jennifer (JAZSMIN LEWIS), is having to fend off the advances of his temptress coworker, Draya (NICKI MINAJ). Jerrod (LAMORNE MORRIS) has to keep convincing everyone he's not gay. Fortunately, he's caught the eye of his coworker, Bree (MARGOT BINGHAM). Raja (UTKARSH AMBUDKAR) is the only non-black worker in the shop and frequently gets into funny racial arguments with his fellow staffers and clientele. And One-Stop (J.B. SMOOVE) tries to be all things to all people -- barber, real estate agent, healthcare professional, etc.
The neighborhood, meanwhile, is full of colorful characters -- some good, some bad, and some straddling the line between both good and bad. J.D. (ANTHONY ANDERSON) runs what he claims is a nonprofit food truck business. But he's clearly turning a handsome profit for himself. Jimmy (SEAN PATRICK THOMAS) is a former barber at the shop, who has now become a city elected official whose policies are not always in the best interests of the community. And Dante (DEON COLE) is the guy who always seems to be in the shop even though he doesn't actually work there. They all come together in a big charity weekend to provide free hair services in return for a pause in the local violence that has claimed too many young black lives.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens, especially African-American ones, should have some interest.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For sexual material and language.
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