A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Contributing to community and social support are more important than making a lot of money. Crime doesn't pay. Fighting back against life's difficulties is noble.
Positive Role Models
Calvin wants to sell the family business but comes to realize that his money-losing barbershop has value to his community that's worth more than money. Characters demonstrate integrity. Friends and neighbors support each other. Calvin uses hard-won money to bail out an ex-con who is falsely accused. An iconoclastic character announces that to earn respect you must show respect. He questions the sacred reputations of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Jesse Jackson and preaches restraint.
Violence & Scariness
A woman takes a bat to a car. Two incompetent robbers steal an ATM by smashing a truck into a store window; the ATM falls on someone's foot, causing pain and bruising. Verbal confrontation, chase, arrest. A cheating boyfriend is socked in the face. A knife is drawn but not used. A gun is drawn but not used.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Exaggerated French-kissing and butt-grabbing. Constant talk of women's large and desirable derrieres. A boyfriend lies and is caught with another woman.
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"F--k," "s--t," "ass," "goddamn," "hell," "pimp," "balls," "nuts," and the "N" word.
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Products & Purchases
Mention of Cadillac.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Barbershop has mature material, including references to adultery and some strong language, including the "N" word and "f--k." Some comments about early civil rights leaders have been very controversial, even prompting calls that they be edited out of the movie. Parents should know that the comments are made by one character and are objected to by the other characters, and they may spark the interest of younger viewers to learn more. There are a few drug references and violent situations, including a character holding but not using a gun. Sexual content includes exaggerated French-kissing and buttocks grabbing and constant talk of women's large and desirable derrieres. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is an unassuming ensemble comedy with a surprisingly gentle and heartfelt center. It's impossible not to be charmed. As the day goes by, and Calvin's hopes for raising the money dim, he and the viewers are treated to the pleasures of such lively conversation that it makes you wish you could wander into the Barbershop and join in. Cedric the Entertainer plays Eddie, the irascible, seen-it-all-and-knows-it-all senior barber. Rap star Eve plays Terri, who seems equally upset over her cheating boyfriend and her missing apple juice. A college student (Sean Patrick Thomas) likes to show off his knowledge and brag about his plans for the future. A two-time loser named Ricky (Michael Ealy) has been given a chance at an honest job, but he is immediately suspected in the ATM theft. A Nigerian immigrant named Dinka is trying to learn his way (and let Terri know he likes her). And a white barber (Troy Garrity) is trying to be accepted by the black employees and customers.
Calvin sees that the barbershop is a place where people can find something to be proud of. He has given Ricky a chance at a job and he gives another young man a haircut to give him confidence for an important job interview. Ultimately, he learns that the barbershop is something he will want to pass on to his forthcoming child as it was passed on to him. It's great to see Ice Cube in a role that gives him a chance to show what a fine actor he has become. All of the performances in Barbershop are marvelous, with the give and take of the barbershop conversation playing like a series of great jazz riffs. The slapstick story of the ATM thieves is just a distraction (though it helps to tie things up at the end).
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