Continues the antics at Calvin's barbershop, with added competition from a beautyshop trying to cut into his business.
Genre: Feature Film Urban Comedy
Release Date: 8-MAR-2005
Media Type: DVD
Tamara S. (tamaraselstad) from RICHLAND, WA Reviewed on 7/28/2011...
This was a very funny movie! I loved Ice-Cube!
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Kristina G. (familiagarduno) from COLUMBUS, OH Reviewed on 12/26/2008...
This was a really good sequel - though I have to say it wasn't as good as the original. Great to see the cast together again - always helps a sequel!
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Jessica M. from RUPERT, WV Reviewed on 3/17/2008...
i like to swap for the forbidden dance
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Much, much better than the first ...
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I saw Barbershop when it came out in 2002 and while it was interesting, I cautioned to call it a great movie b/c of spotty acting, over-the-top comedy (well, not all the humor was as funny as it should've been) a few holes in the plot and sketchy character development that made each of the actors come across as little more than caricatures.Fastforward, to February 2004. Barbershop 2: Back in Business becomes the tight movie the original one should've been. This movie is off tha chain for several reasons.1)If you saw Barbershop, you'll appreciate how the sequel does a great job following up on each of the character's story lines ... Terry's (Eve) relationship issues, Dinka's love for Terry, Ricky's decision to rise above his past troubles & make something positive of his life, but most importantly, Ice Cube's character learns an even deeper, historical-based lesson on the shop's significance to the neighborhood AND Cedric the Entertainer's old head character reveals a little more about why he loves that shop and how he REALLY became such great friends with Ice Cube's dad.2)This movie has a much more personal touch ... the way Soul Food did. Maybe b/c as viewers we know what to expect from each character it's easier to see their humanity on top of human imperfections. You know who's the craziest, who's the illest, who's the livest, who's the rowdiest and who's gonna say things just to get a rise outta folk. But this cast becomes a family in the same way that '80s show "Cheers" became one. The barbershop transforms in this movie from hot-spot-to-get-the-word-on-the-street to community hotbed where all are welcome and all come correct.3)This Barbershop sequel offers a little more insight into why & how the barbershop plays a powerful role in the African American community--offering commonground for different types of people with different types of ages, backgrounds, opinions, perspectives a place to share camaraderie, etc.4)If you get the chance, pay very close attention to the movie's intro ... an awesome use of hair, er, Black hairstyles through the years as both motiff and metaphor for change (very powerful). Without me giving away the movie's very political, socially conscious message, I'll just say this hairstyles motiff foreshadows a development much, much later in the movie that has to do with the real life issue ... changing with the times, but retaining enough of your identity to stay the same. This theme hits home a various levels (I know black folks should feel me on this). Very thought-provoking, but open enough to let each viewer take his own message from it.5)Barbershop 2 was just plain funny! This is coming from among the shruddest movie critics who won't just laugh b/c everyone else is laughing or be amused by the same old lowbrow, slapstick humor that plagues black comedies today. No, this film's comedy was actually great!6)Great , great ending! That's all I'll say. I'm guessing though there will be a sequel to this movie too."
Barbershop 2: Back In Business- A Cut Above
Daniel K. | Maryland, USA | 02/29/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Barbershop 2: Back in Business is a great sequel, one which delivers fresh, subversive laughs. Sure the plot is just about the same as the first, but the movie still entertains and the cast is even better since we have a few new characters, such
as Queen Latifah who plays Gina, the owner of another barbershop
Ice Cube returns as Calvin Palmer, the owner of a very popular barbershop on the Chicago Southside. The entire cast does return, and offers something a little new to the film, surely Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer) for in this film he rambles about the Kobe Bryant trial, R. Kelly and Michael Jackson as well as a few others. Eve returns as Teri, Sean Patrick Thomas, Michael Ealy, Troy Garity and more. I should also point out that this installment is directed by a different director, Kevin Rodney Sullivan who made his debut with this film and he keeps the franchise going more than well.
Barbershop 2: Back In Business is rated PG-13 for Language, Sexual Material and Brief Drug References. The language is a bit bawdy and rough, there's also sexual innuendo nothing explicit though. The film has already been a hit and surely deserves to be one, I'm not too sure if it's better than the first but it sure is as good. Head down to the theatre and check out Barbershop 2."
Southside repeats itself
Pistol Pete | Houston, TX United States | 03/12/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I have lived on the Chicago southside, so it is fun to see the streets and the people portrayed. But why did they have to rerun the plot of the first one? It's basically the same choice: Do I sell out and take the money or do I stick with the neighborhood. Guess which decision he makes.
It does has some funny moments, but they are mixed in with several plot lines that don't really relate to the movie - a love-hate romance with two of the younger barbers, Cedric the Entertainer reminiscing about his past (We never did find out why his girl left) and the white guy barber's pompous attitude.
Overall, I finished watching that movie and thought. Hm. I really could have found something better to do for 2 hours."
Barbershop 2 was a funny movie and a better story
Mike Raheem Johnson | 02/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Usually sequals are not as good as the first time around but absolutley not in this case. BarberShop 2: Back in Business was a good movie and is better than the 2002 box office smash original. With such folks like Ice Cube, funnyman Cedric The Entertainer, rapper/actress Eve, and the whole gang back plus Queen Latifah, you can't go wrong.This is what makes me love wholesome black movies with a positive message in them. BarberShop 2 came from the heart. It's story and true-to-life experiences of what happens in our African-American communities.Times changing and out with the old and in with the new. The movie showed how the characters developed and were improving on themselves in different ways. Eve (Terri) getting rid of her bagage with her last boyfriend (the dog in the original), Ricky (Michael Ealy)trying to do better in life and stay out of trouble and getting his GED, Dinka getting a new love. Look out for some secrets. Also Calvin (Ice cube) has a new born baby and a cousin who starts work at the legendary shop (Kenan Thompson) but ends up messing up everything in the process. Not only does BarberShop 2 have good characters but Cedric The Entertainer brings the comedy and the laugh out loud segments of the movie. As in the first, Eddie (Cedric) plays the ol' school, funny loving, opinonated barber who has helmed up the barbershop with his ol' school wit and remarkable topics of conversation based on black celebrities like R. Kelly, Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant,Mariah Carey, Tiger Woods, Vin Diseal and knows not to talk about the R&B icon Luther Vandross because of illness. He also disses Trent Lott, President Bush, Osma Bin-Laden and has historical flashbacks to the late 1960s early 1970s that help the audience get the signifigace of the legenary shop with the death of Dr. Martin Luther King and a funny flashback to a Black Panther era. Barbershop 2 has warmth and true to heart feelings that remind you of the comedy of movies like "Friday" and the heart-warming appeal of "Soul Food". Movies like this are a must in our culture.The movie overall is a must-see. If you liked the first, you'll love the second one even better."
Barbershop back in business...
cassidrm | 02/14/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Barbershop 2 is a great movie but not quite as funny as the first. This movie is quite a bit more serious. This one showcases Calvin's personal life and delves into his past. And his fathers relationship with Cedric's role. One such thing is you find out how Cedric got hired and you find out he had a love! You also see how competition gets in the way of the Barbershop. This show introduced us to Queen and her upcoming role in The Beautyshop.
Over-all this movie is good because it held its ground compared to most sequels. I also like the fact that it is still clean movie. I recommend seeing this movie if you liked the first one. "