Barbershop: The Next Cut
By Sandie Angulo Chen,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Integrity, community trump violence, sex in funny sequel.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Encourages stepping up to violence and creating a safe space for everyone. Also positive messages about community, integrity, fidelity, marriage, and fatherhood, as well as talking openly with those you love instead of making assumptions about them.
Positive Role Models
Calvin's barbershop is a pillar of the community; he and his staff want to help create a safe space and broker a truce between rival gangs. Calvin and Rashad are both attentive fathers who want to keep their children safe without leaving their beloved neighborhood. Bree is a feminist who believes men should look past a woman's superficial attractiveness and value them for their character, personality, and intellect. Doesn't shy away from exploring issues related to stereotypes: Women say men want a "ho" with fake long hair and fake big butts and a light complexion, whereas men say women want a "superthug" with a criminal record who's also a Harvard graduate and a business man.
Violence & Scariness
Gun/gang violence between adult and adolescent men: Two gang leaders can't be in each other's presence without going for their guns and needing to be physically separated. A crew tries to steal the sneakers off a boy's feet until another crew shows up with guns. Several references to innocent bystanders getting shot. One character is killed because of gang violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief kisses. A woman asks her husband to have sex right now, then begins to unzip his pants, gets on all fours, and commands him to "get in it," but he declines. A husband jokes that his tired wife can only offer "lazy side booty." A single woman ambiguously propositions a married man and later tries to kiss him. Sexual references and comments objectify characters' bodies. A man jokes that he can't wait to give an angry woman "the D."
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One use of "f--king," several uses of the "N" word between African-American characters, and more frequent uses of "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," "ass," "goddamn," and more. Crass sexual comments like "dick print," "give her the D," "get in it," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Products/brands seen include Maserati, iPhone, Twitter, Instagram, Ford Mustang, Hennessey, Chevy Tahoe, Cadillac Escalade, Snickers, M&Ms, Twix, Dunkin Donuts.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink a shot at a bar. During a gang initiation, a gang member gives initiates a cup of unidentifiable liquor. References to drug dealing and use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Barbershop: The Next Cut continues the funny-but-mature Barbershop franchise. It touches on issues including violence, marriage, and parenthood; language includes one "f--king," and several uses of "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," "d--k," the "N" word, and more. There's more sexual content in this one than in previous installments, including crass comments objectifying both women's and men's bodies, a wife telling her husband she wants sex right now (and then unzipping his pants, getting all fours, and telling him to "get in it"), and a single woman propositioning a married man. The story highlights the gang violence on Chicago's South Side: Young gang members all seem to have guns and cause the deaths of innocent bystanders. Still, the movie ultimately encourages teamwork, integrity, community volunteerism, and open communication between family, partners, and friends.
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What's the Story?
BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT returns to the barbershop/salon/community center run by Calvin (Ice Cube); his business partner, Angie (Regina Hall); and their stylists on Chicago's increasingly violent South Side. When the gang warfare tearing up the neighborhood starts to draw in Calvin's 14-year-old son, Jalen (Michael Rainey Jr.), whose best friend is stylist Rashad's (Common) formerly trouble-making son, Kenny (Diallo Thompson), Calvin secretly starts thinking about moving the barbershop to Chicago's much safer North Side. But in a last-ditch effort to make the South Side safer, Calvin, Angie, and their crew broker a truce between rival gang leaders for a weekend of free haircuts and conversation.
Is It Any Good?
With a charming all-star cast and comedy that's both relevant and poignant, this sequel is full of laugh-aloud moments as well as powerful commentary about violence and community. The humor can get a bit salty, especially when it focuses on the sexual dynamics between African-American men and women (why, the characters ask, do men all want Kim Kardashian clones and women want superthugs with Harvard degrees?), but it is funny -- and in most cases, it makes you think, too. Ice Cube has produced a worthy franchise that doesn't shy away from the tough topics that plague urban communities, from the real appeal of gang life to youths who don't have anything better going for them to issues like fatherlessness, infidelity, and out-of-touch politicians.
It's amusing to see the winning ensemble of hip-hop superstars-turned actors (especially once-rival rappers Ice Cube and Common) and comedians collaborate. Gifted comedians like Anthony Anderson, J.B. Smoove, Lamorne Morris, and, of course, legendary King of Comedy Cedric the Entertainer are all in top form, as are the ladies, led by Hall, Eve, Nicki Minaj, and Margot Bingham. Their characters help the movie explore various kinds of women -- from in-your-face sexy to boho-chic feminist -- in the community. There's nothing particularly new in Barbershop: The Next Cut, but the strong messages and stand-out performances make this comedy worth seeing and discussing.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the violence in Barbershop: The Next Cut. What role does it play in the story? How does it affect the characters and their decisions/actions?
Who's a role model in the movie? How are these characters helpful? How do they demonstrate integrity, and why is that an important character strength? Does a character have to be perfect to be considered a role model?
What role does the barbershop play in the community? Do you think what Calvin does is something other places could try in their own communities?
How does the movie address and explore stereotypes?
- In theaters: April 15, 2016
- On DVD or streaming: July 26, 2016
- Cast: Ice Cube, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson
- Director: Malcolm D. Lee
- Inclusion Information: Black directors, Black actors
- Studio: New Line Cinema
- Genre: Comedy
- Character Strengths: Integrity
- Run time: 112 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: sexual material and language
- Last updated: March 30, 2022
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