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Barbershop 2
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10.08.2004 By: The Shootin Surgeon
Barbershop 2 order
Director:
Kevin Rodney Sullivan

Actors:
Ice Cube
Cedric The Entertainer
Eve

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Once again, Cal's (Cube) neighborhood barbershop is threatened by big business as a franchise named Nappy Cutz opens up right across the street and tries to bully locals into selling their property to a developer.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
BARBERSHOP was a nice surprise. BARBERSHOP 2, although still a decent kick to watch, was simply unnecessary. The film serves up the same type of humor and fluff as did its predecessor, led mostly by the always entertaining Ice Cube in the main role of Cal, the soft-hearted barbershop owner, who constantly seems to be on the hook to sell his dad's old joint. Returning for more laughs are Cedric the Entertainer, Sean Patrick Thomas, Troy Garity and the rest of the barbershop crew including the ambiguously hot Eve. While the only notable additions are Robert Wisdom as a sleazebag politician and Kenan Thompson, also known as the fat kid from GOOD BURGER (I have to admit, I hoped but never thought that one day, one of my reviews would reference "GOOD BURGER"). We're also "treated" to a disastrous cameo by Queen Latifah, who appears in the flick apparently for the sole purpose of putting her fat, recognizable face on the DVD cover-- making Cedric look slimmer. I'm pretty sure her five minutes of screen time were also tossed in there to promote BEAUTY SHOP, her upcoming spin-off based on her role in here.

Aside from all of the above though, BARBERSHOP 2 still leans more towards good than it does bad. There's a nice chemistry between the main cast members that permeates the film and helps make the friendships feel authentic. Add to that the fact that Cedric the Entertainer is one funny mofo and that the BARBERSHOP series serves up plenty of great one-line zingers that you'll want to write down and use with all your friends-- especially if your group of friends include large black women. You'll still get a lot of the movie-of-the-week fluff throughout, but pretty much all of it involves Ice Cube and he makes his character come through well enough for us to actually give two bits. Overall, BARBERSHOP 2 is a movie that isn't necessarily a waste of time, but pales in comparison to the original. It doesn't pack the same punch in terms of edge and definitely takes a sharper turn into the mainstream, but I'd be a liar to say I didn't giggle more than a few times. It's not nearly as lame as the previews and trailers let on. Check it out if you're a huge fan of the original installment, but cross your fingers in hopes that the upcoming BEAUTY SHOP doesn't completely shame what's shaped up to be a solid series.
THE EXTRAS
Full-Length Audio Commentary by Cedric the Entertainer, Sean Patrick Thomas, Troy Garity and Jazsmin Lewis: The first of two commentary tracks, this one features the very funny Cedric and some other co-stars. Although I'm still trying to figure out what character Lewis played or what her parents were high on when they spelled out her name for the first time, the group went through the film in a decent enough way, discussing the story and characters at a good pace. Nothing remarkable about it, but Cedric gives up a few laughs.

Full-Length Audio Commentary by Director Kevin Rodney Sullivan and Producers Robert Teitel and George Tillman, Jr.: A drop off from the previous track (as usual when producers decide we care to hear them out), we get a more subdued explanation of the filming process and the trio's thoughts on the flick. There's nothing boring or anything, it's just that I'm getting tired of hearing people sit around and talk about how they dug up this obscure actress or this great location.

Deleted Scenes and Outtakes: You'll be able to enjoy six deleted scenes from the movie. They're available with an introduction from the cast, with a director's audio commentary or just straight up. They're all pretty decent, but one in particular cracked me up. It shows a pair of Japanese tourists who show up in the barbershop and ask to be hooked up like Beyoncé and Busta Rhymes. I guess you had to be there. You'll also be treated to a six-minute long outtakes reel showing the usual mix of messed up lines, pranks and people falling.

Music Videos: Two videos are included, those being "Not Today" by Mary J. Blige featuring Eve and "I Can't Wait" by Sleepy Brown featuring Outkast. I guess they forgot to include "I Don't Like the Hip Hop" by The Shootin' Surgeon featuring Indiana Sev.

You'll also get a Photo Gallery of cast and set shots as well as the Theatrical Trailer.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Though not nearly as good as the first BARBERSHOP, this one still manages to pull out a couple of laughs and not stick any nails in the franchise's coffin (We'll leave that to Latifah in BEAUTY SHOP). That said, it's a rental at best since it has nowhere near the same re-watch value as the original. A good effort that hits the rim and barely dribbles in.
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