Barbershop 2: Back in Business | Chicago Reader

Barbershop 2: Back in Business

Rated PG-13 118 minutes

Barbershop painted an affectionate portrait of a black community centered on a 40-year-old barbershop in South Shore; this sequel ups the ante, asking whether urban renewal means anything now other than turning neighborhoods into giant malls. Ice Cube returns as the crabby but decent proprietor of the shop his late father established in 1958; spared in the '68 riots, it may yet fall to Nappy Cuts, an opulent spa being erected across the street. A slimy developer (Harry J. Lennix) with plans for a cineplex has talked most of the businesses on the block into selling out, but the hero doesn't want to disband his collection of barber-comedians, among them Cedric the Entertainer, Leonard Earl Howze, and Eve. Kevin Rodney Sullivan directed.

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