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Running Time:
1 hour, 46 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

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

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This comedy sequel is outrageous, explosive, and hilariously funny.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Deleted scenes; Hilarious outtakes; Cast video commentary by Cedric the Entertainer, Sean Patrick Thomas, Troy Garity and Jazsmin Lewis; Audio commentary by director Kevin Rodney Sullivan and producers Robert Teitel and George Tillman, Jr.; 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; Original theatrical trailer.



Barbershop 2: Back in Business
All of the principal cast members are back in their familiar roles, most notably Cedric the Entertainer as "semiretired" barber Eddie, he of the indiscreetly outspoken mind. This film, like the first, has a ramshackle pacing, but this one has more of a concentrated plot; the proposed revamping of the shop's Chicago South Side block, which includes the slick, franchised haircutting establishment directly across the street. However, these new plot elements are used to reinforce the familiar overlying theme of the importance of history and community. Ice Cube is back as the good-guy straight man to the rest of the comedy ensemble from the original film; sassy Terri (Eve), ex-con Ricky (Michael Ealy), Nigerian immigrant Dinka (Leonard Earl Howze), uppity Jimmy (Sean Patrick Thomas) and cocky Isaac (Troy Garity). They have each moved on a bit since we last saw them, but they all remain the distinct personalities we warmly remember. The beloved barbershop crew has a rollicking good time and the wonderful Queen Latifah adds juice to the mix in a cameo appearance as Gina, a sharp-tongued hair stylist at the beauty shop next door. There's an undeniably amusing argument scene between Gina and Eddie, and it sets up what will probably be the basis for Barbershop 3. The script is by Don D. Scott, one of the 2002 hit's three writers, and it was directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan ("How Stella Got Her Groove Back") who keeps it all moving at a lively pace. Chicago itself is more of a presence in this film, from its elevated trains to its late-'60s turmoil. Opening with a slice of back story from 1967 that shows how Eddie first arrived at the South Side barbershop, the film jumps into present-day action with his rant about biracial public figures and the D.C. snipers. With the controversy that the first film stirred up with its skewering of civil rights icons, the comments this time around don't have quite the same shock value. As funny as Eddie's contrarian attitudes can be, there's sometimes a sense that the film is trying too hard to offend, but it's always in a good-natured way. Colorful, witty production and costume design heighten the spirited proceedings, and cinematographer Tom Priestley effectively uses black-and-white and desaturated color in flashback sequences. It's all mighty enjoyable.






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