Just to see Cedric shave and preach, you can stay for the whole day in this shop, it won’t get wasted for sure.
Story is not much of a narrator, but definitely can tell a funny joke without any jokes. The film feels like some episode of a sitcom. Parallel-y the tales are enfolded with a revelation of foolishness carved out smartly and calculatively, the director, Tim Story, had to only juggle that very aspect and all was and is game. It is also incredibly and instantly likable, more than even Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, and probably because it is light on feet, in contrast to Lee’s heavy sensitive issue spewed like vengeance, fair and square. Never have I seen a film so smooth and confident in its tiny tales of woe it tells by mocking it and accepting the consequences of it.
Picturing the lifestyle of barbers in a barbershop, in one day, there is a lot to enjoy, learn and laugh from. And as Cedric The Entertainer once says, “If we can’t talk straight in a barbershop, then where can we talk straight” and so it does feel that honest. The warmth between the characters comes in easy just as the bitterness does. They are ready to go at each other in a snap and also ready to make up in a snap with Marvin Gaye playing in the background.
Ice Cube as a mislead young man and easily seduced and troubled family guy trying to reach for more, spirals out a chaotic event so big that even a gang that cannot stand each other, stands once and for all, together. To me, Cedric would be the game changer in here, his elderly persona where he treats others like students, his students by heckling and inspiring them in each steps, is a proper reliable statement. Barbershop is a shop for sure, you come in and get what you want, you’d be surprised with the quality of the product and why not, it definitely is a new bold fashion look.