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Running Time:
103 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for language, sexual content and brief drug references

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Audio commentary with director Tim Story, producers Bob Teitel and George Tillman, Jr. and writer Don Scott; Deleted scenes with optional commentary; Bloopers; Outtakes; Barbershop-themed interactive game; Photo gallery; P. Diddy and Jagged Edge music video "Trade It All"; Production design featurette; Costume design featurette; Barber school for the cast featurette; "Hairdos and Don'ts" featurette.

Ice Cube plays the owner of the barbershop he's inherited from his father, and he's spent the last two years trying to keep the business afloat with a lack of success, due to some risky side ventures he undertook trying to make a quick buck. When he faces the prospect of bank foreclosure due to unpaid bills, he sells the place to a local loan-shark (Keith David). But when he realizes that his barbershop is more than just a place to get a haircut for the community, he tries to get it back from the greedy loan shark. There's also a fine cast of very likable and perfectly cast actors. Among them a couple of thieves who steal a seemingly indestructible cash machine, an ex-con, an educated barber, an older demagogic historian, a woman with man troubles, and many others with their own small side stories and quirky personalities. It's a joy to watch them interact with each other, and there's quite a lot of memorable dialogue and even food for thought tossed about through Mark Brown's well-conceived story. This lighthearted but endearing entertainment directed by Tim Story may lack freshness, but it does hold your interest, and even if the characters might be a bit stereotypical at first, they do mature as the film progresses thanks to the quality writing and acting. The South side of Chicago may not necessarily be a place you'd want to live, but it's definitely a nice place to visit.

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