I remember watching the first two "Barbershop" films and the spin-off, "Beauty Shop", but I remember almost nothing about them because it was about a decade or so ago. I had some desire to see this film, as it looked enjoyable, but I did not expect the film to be as good as it was.
The film was actually pretty well written. It had some laugh-out-loud funny parts, but it also tackled the serious issue of gang violence. The dialogue in the film feels natural, and not preachy like some films with a message like that can be. The topic was handled very nicely and fit well into the flow of the film.
The acting of the film was also pretty good. Ice Cube, whom I almost always like, was really great in this film. It felt like he actually wanted to do this film, not that he was just doing it for a paycheck or to get his real passion project greenlit (looking at you, Ben Stiller in "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb"). Cedric the Entertainer and Lamorne Morris were also funny.
The part that I least liked about this film was Nicki Minaj. Her character was archetypal and felt artificial. She's not a good actress. It seemed to me that they put her in the film to add even more celebrity name recognition. I don't know if it was part of her agreement, but they had a gratuitous amount of shots focusing on her body. They even included an almost two-minute long scene of her twerking. It was ridiculous.
So overall, I was very pleased with "Barbershop: The Next Cut". It is enjoyable, and it is also very socially relevant.
Barbershop: The Next Cut
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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