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Barbershop: The Next Cut
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08.09.2016 By: Sean Wist
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Director:
Malcolm D. Lee

Actors:
Ice Cube
Cedric the Entertainer
Regina Hall
Common

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The rising gang violence in Chicago prompts Calvin and the employees of his barbershop to take action and try to bring a little peace to the south side with a weekend of free haircuts and stylings.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
My introduction to the Barbershop series, in a way, started with this film. I had the opportunity to visit the set in Atlanta last year, and I accepted without having seen any of the previous entries. That is, if you don't include Beauty Shop (laugh all you want . . . Kevin Bacon was hilarious in it). I chose to binge on the first two films before my trip (thanks, Netflix!) and while I generally love movies that take place in mostly one location, they did next to nothing for me.

Despite my disdain for the first two films, visiting the set for Barbershop: The Next Cut was fun, and I really enjoyed speaking to the cast and crew about this film. They had a clear message they wanted to deliver and they wanted the audience to have some fun while they did it. The cast certainly seemed to be having a good time, so it was my hope that the energy of everyone in the room would translate well for the audience.

Barbershop: The Next Cut attempts to tiptoe a fine line between popcorn comedy entertainment and urban drama. It wants to deliver those laughs, but also give you a reason to care when shit inevitably goes down. I'd say it mostly fails on the latter, and that the humor only works half the time. While gang violence provides the backbone to the story, it never comes off as a genuine fear or true motivation for anything in the story to change.

As someone who grew up with Clerks (what a weird thing to say), I enjoyed a lot of the diatribes in the workplace. They don't always come off as genuine, but they serve to prove a point or provide a laugh or two. At the very least, it can be entertaining. When the movie tries to peel back the layers of its characters, it doesn't work. Family drama, relationship troubles, even a character's death . . . it all feels kinda half-assed, only serving to shake up the characters enough to give 'em something to do, but not too much to really change anything. The film itself is a stand-alone experience but I'll say that if you enjoyed the first two to any degree, you'll enjoy this one. If not, you'll probably find yourself patiently waiting for the film to end so you can watch something with a little more meat on it.
THE EXTRAS
The Next Cut: Barbershop Bootcamp (4:34): This first extra takes a very small look at the fact that the actors go through a bootcamp of sorts so they don't look like fools on-screen. They don't get into the specifics here, but you can see that the cast/crew get along well, and love to mess around with each other.

Deleted Scenes with director Malcolm D. Lee (12:34): There are a few deleted scenes on display here, with an intro from director Lee, but they mostly deal with Lamorne Morris' character and his inability to date. The material is actually funnier than most of what's found in the finished film, but as the director states, it served no purpose to the main story.

Gag Reel (2:24): Given the nature of the movie, you'd expect one hell of a gag reel! Sadly, this is a pretty short look at nothing of interest. You get the typical background music here serving to punch up actors just laughing at each other. What a waste!
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Barbershop: The Next Cut feels too pristine to be genuine and mostly delivers jokes that feel obvious or tired. However, there are some moments where the characters get to shine, so it's kinda half in the bag. If you've enjoyed these characters and the previous movies, you'll most likely find a lot to enjoy with this installment. If not, this reboot of sorts won't win you over either. The special features offer up some really funny deleted material but this Blu-ray is a rental at best.
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4:14AM on 08/09/2016
I don't understand why and how this movie even happened. Plus I didn't think it could get any lower until they cast Nikki Minaj.
I don't understand why and how this movie even happened. Plus I didn't think it could get any lower until they cast Nikki Minaj.
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