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Barbershop 2 - Back in Business
Kevin Rodney Sullivan steps in to direct the urban comedy sequel Barbershop 2: Back in Business. The whole gang -- Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), Jimmy James (Sean Patrick Thomas), Terri (Eve), Isaac (Troy Garity), Ricky (Michael Ealy), and Dinka (Leonard Earl Howze) -- are still there in the same old barbershop in the south side of Chicago. Owner Calvin Palmer (Ice Cube) tries to keep his family business alive in order to pass it on to his own son one day. However, the beloved neighborhood barber shop is threatened by a hair salon franchise called Nappy Cuts. This time around, the old… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Provides enough solid, character-based amusement to put customers in the chairs and send them out content with services rendered."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"[A]s funny as the original."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Great message delivered in an edgy hip-hop movie."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Schoolyard jokes about religious faiths, genetic traits, and sexuality which only work if you enjoy laughing at people because they are darker-skinned, or curlier-haired, or perverted, or have emigrated from another continent."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"The banter is tighter and funnier, and Calvin's musings on the importance of community seem more heartfelt."
‑ Nick De Semlyen, Empire Magazine
"Inane banter soon takes over and is not helped by an unlikely, flashback-heavy subplot about Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer) and a lost love."
‑ Anna Smith, Time Out
"Like going out for a bad meal with a group of people you love being with. You're happy to be in their company; you just wish you didn't leave feeling hungry."
‑ Charles Taylor,
"Manages to throw away everything that made the first film so good."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It ain't high art, but it is a fun flick."
‑ Kevin Carr, Film Threat
"This smart, feisty comedy is still ghetto-fabulous enough to make you laugh until your short, back and sides ache."
‑ Jamie Russell,
"This sequel is overstaffed with a cast that's underserved by Don D. Scott's schematic script and Kevin Rodney Sullivan's crude direction."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Heartstrings will be tugged and ribs tickled, particularly thanks to Cedric the Entertainer."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"It's the kind of set-piece ensemble that has proven immensely successful as a sitcom formula but tends to struggle to meet the demands of a movie."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Barbershop 2 is a weak, too rarely humorous, too long bore."
‑ Tony Medley,
"A direct hit on Jesse Jackson."
‑ Stephen Himes, Film Snobs
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