Barbershop is a story about... well, a barbershop owned and managed by Ice Cube. The place has a good cast of characters, the most interesting one is the wise old barber played by Cedric the Entertainer, who gets all the best lines. The other barbers are shocked to hear Cedric's thoughts on Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, O.J. Simpson, and Jesse Jackson.
The characters seem real and you get the feeling the place has its own magical charm. There is a subplot about a stolen ATM machine alongside the main story of Cube selling out to a loanshark after giving up on the business. The two parts come together in the end, which is a nice touch.
I wanted more of the barbershop conversation, and less of the other elements which I felt detracted from the movie. Also, the film tries to be slapstick funny in some scenes which I found unnecessary.
I had high hopes for this one, expecting good writing and dialogue. There were some good scenes, but not as much as I wanted. This was just about average. Nothing really special.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars * * *
A few good scenes but that's it.