Barbershop: The Next Cut Parent Review

This movie deserves credit for encouraging viewers to try and stop crime in their neighborhood-- but the crass humor will make it inappropriate for many audience members.

Overall C+

The old neighborhood just ain't what it used to be, so Calvin (Ice Cube) and the workers at his barbershop decide to help clean up the community.

Violence B-
Sexual Content C+
Profanity D+
Substance Use C+

Barbershop: The Next Cut is rated PG-13 for sexual material and language.

Movie Review

If there’s one thing you can say for this third iteration of the Barbershop franchise, it’s consistent. Like the two movies prior, Calvin’s (Ice Cube) Chicago barbershop sits within the tense urban scope of the city’s South Side. And, like those previous movies, the establishment is full of hair grooming professionals, including some new additions. The wall between the barbershop and the beauty salon has been pulled down, allowing both genders to banter back and forth over interpersonal relationships, sexual matters, politics and—the top trending issue in this script—neighborhood crime.

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Shootings on the South Side have reached epidemic proportions. Now the city is threatening to block off streets to control the movement of gang members, but that will also hinder businesses who are already struggling to survive. Amidst the barbershop discussions, the cutting characters (who include stars like Common, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Sean Patrick Thomas and Eve) hatch a plan to try and negotiate a ceasefire between two gang rivals—each of whom are patrons of the shop. The tense confrontation manages to score an agreement for a gunshot free weekend. With the hope of promoting the plan to the rest of Chicago, these creative stylists determine to offer free haircuts for the entire 48-hour period.

This movie deserves high marks for having a message that encourages other viewers to try to do something similar. And don’t think the crime portrayed in this script is an exaggeration. In the time it has taken me to screen and write this review (approximately 24 hours), at least 10 people—including two kids—have been shot in the city.

But as much as these real world issues are promoted in this film, there is still a priority on comedy—and that creates an awkward combination. Nearly non-stop sexual dialogue covers subjects ranging from President Obama having a floosy on the side (a more derogatory word than that is used to describe the female) to a poll on whether a woman’s first priority in finding a man should be the size of his genitals. A side-story involves a hairdresser making a play for a married coworker, even though his wife also works at the shop. While the husband keeps his temptations under wraps, a closing comment declares his interest in trying to sexually please both parties at the same time.

Profanities are plentiful as well, including the expected single use of the sexual expletive, along with frequent scatological slangs, crude anatomical terms and mild profanities. Ironically violence, while frequently discussed and viewed as a negative issue, is seldom portrayed and hence one of the least concerns for parents.

This is a movie that’s full of good intentions for engaging citizens in bettering their community. Although the dramatic moments come off a little forced and sentimental, they offer a positive discussion seed that families could use to help grow their own ideas. However, the desire to integrate crass comedy within this scope will likely cut these viewers from Calvin’s customer’s list.

Directed by Malcolm D. Lee. Starring Ice Cube, Nicki Minaj, Anthony Anderson. Running time: 112 minutes. Theatrical release April 17, 2016. Updated

Get details on profanity, sex and violence in Barbershop: The Next Cut here.

Barbershop: The Next Cut Parents Guide

This movie accurately portrays current concerns about gun violence in Chicago. As of April 14, 862 people have in shot in 2016. (The Chicago Tribune keeps an ongoing count. ) Do you think popular culture plays a role in helping or hindering this problem?

One Chicago neighborhood has seen a significant decrease in shootings since they engaged in a very simple idea.What things could you do to help your local community improve? How might we be distracted from knowing what’s really happening on our own streets and neighborhoods?

This movie was formerly called Barbershop 3.

From the Studio:
It’s been more than 10 years since our last appointment at Calvin’s Barbershop. Calvin and his longtime crew are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood.
- Written by Warner Bros.