Starring: Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Queen Latifah, Anthony Anderson, Eve, Regina Hall, Nicki Minaj, Tia Mowry, Keke Palmer, Common, Sean Patrick Thomas, Jaszmine Lewis, JB Smoove
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Story: Comedy sequel directed Malcolm D. Lee which follows Calvin’s Barbershop now more than 10 years since our last visit, run by Calvin (Ice Cube) and his longtime crew, including Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer). The shop has undergone some major changes, most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed.
The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood.
Verdict: This sequel very much leans into some political and social realities so it feels a lot deeper story than it’s predecessors. However it’s still fun with a good cast and good performances as a whole.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 23)
Calvin Palmer: [voice over] In every neighborhood there’s a place folks gets together to talk about their dreams, to share their frustrations, and maybe even tell a joke or two. It’s a home away from home, and these aren’t just friends, they’re family.
Calvin Palmer: [voice over] This is the town I love, a neighborhood of family and friends. And right here at the heart of it all is where everyone comes together: the barbershop.
Calvin Palmer: Welcome to Calvin’s. If you like it, you pay. If you don’t like it, your ass pay anyway.
Rashad: How much you charge for them weaves?
Draya: If you want to be Destiny’s Child Beyoncé that’s gonna cost you two hundred dollars. And if you want to be Beyoncé featuring Jay Z: boom, boom.
[Draya moves her ass side to side]
Eddie: With all that ass she ain’t safe nowhere.
J.D. What’s up, homie black folks? Who wants some gangster grub?
Eddie: [referring to Draya] Did she just say fleek? There’s a whole dictionary full of words. There’s a library down the street, you won’t see fleek in there nowhere.
Jerrod: He funny. He make me laugh.
Isaac: What happened to the barbershop, Calvin? I used to come here to get away from women!
Calvin Palmer: Me and Angie we was both struggling to keep our shops afloat, so we had to work together.
Angie: Saved us both.
Angie: Excuse me, but I don’t like to get involved in petty arguments.
Raja: Yeah, you do. That’s primarily what you do.
Eddie: Yeah, that’s all you do.
Jabari: I can’t believe you all put all that money on your heads and then don’t be having no money for your rent.
Draya: With this hair and this booty, it’s like walking around with a black Amex, and I never get denied.
Calvin Palmer: Why do you always got to take it there?!
Bree: The only man that you can trust is the one up above.
[to the women]
Calvin Palmer: Each one of you want a super thug that’s got three degrees from Harvard, meanwhile you pass up corny dudes like Jerrod everyday.
Dante: Don’t know a woman who want no moist dunkin’ Heinz ass dude like Jerrod.
Jerrod: Guys, I’m standing right here, I can here you.
Barbershop Client: Streets is crazy right now.
Calvin Palmer: I goddamn near got robbed the other day.
Dante: I got robbed twice and got my ass beat by the second robber before givin’ all my money to the first.
Dante: She wasn’t playin’.
Calvin Palmer: This neighborhood was always rough, but there’s something different going on.
Eddie: [to Calvin] I don’t even recognize the neighborhood no more.
Eddie: Are they shootin’ out there?
Jerrod: I don’t want to die a virgin!
Calvin Palmer: Get your old ass down, man! Stop playing, get down!
Eddie: Oh, hell. I ain’t gettin’ down there; it would take me too long to get back up!
Calvin Palmer: Meanwhile we gotta raise children in this mess.
Calvin Palmer: I’m tired of getting that call in the middle of the night saying my son is locked up or worse.
Rashad: Them people downtown they ain’t moving for us.
Calvin Palmer: We gotta fix our problem ourself.
Jabari: We gotta take our streets back. We put our minds together we gonna get some solution.
Jerrod: The barbershop is the pillar of the neighborhood, so we turn the shop into our safe space with free cuts and styling.
Eddie: [to Calvin] We’ll never give up. Your father will be proud of everything that’s going on here.
Jerrod: Hashtag Barbershop save the neighborhood is trending on Twitter!
[after some white girls take selfies with Calvin]
Dante: What did them white girls want? Are they lost? Did you tell them it was awesome? White people love it when you go, “Awesome!”
Calvin Palmer: [voice over] I got so much love for everybody in this neighborhood.
Total Quotes: 23