Barbershop 2: Back in Business (Special Edition)
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Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Queen Latifah. Calvin and the crew must contend with a trendy new stylist who moves in across the street and stop a shady development deal from ruining the entire neighborhood in this hilarious sequel. 2004/color/100 min/PG-13/widescreen.
The DVD extras for Barbershop 2 are much like the movie itself--not especially inspired or surprising, but raffish and likable. None of the handful of deleted scenes seem unjustly left out, but a couple (particularly the ones featuring Cedric the Entertainer) prove entertaining. Of the two audio commentaries, the one by the director and producers falls flat, full of a lot of self-congratulation; the less self-conscious talk from the actors proves more amusing (with Cedric again providing most of the wit). A couple of music videos (one with Mary J. Blige and Eve, another with Sleepy Brown and Outkast) are enjoyable, but the usual outtakes (actors laughing at their flubs) and still photos are bland and perfunctory. --Bret Fetzer
- Deleted scenes
- Extended music video: Mary J. Blige featuring Eve, "Not Today"
- Music video: Sleepy Brown featuring Outkast, "I Can't Wait"
- Behind-the-scenes photo gallery
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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.
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.
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