Welcome to Chicago, home of Calvin's Barbershop. Calvin (Ice Cube), a soon-to-be father, has dreams of a bigger and better life outside of his small barbershop his father passed down to him. He employs an eclectic group of people, some of which include a feisty female who's man is cheating on her and is protective of her apple juice (Eve), a two-time criminal who lent his cousin the aforementioned pickup truck (Michael Ealy), and an old man set in his ways that always tries to speak the "truth" (Cedric the Entertainer). Rounding out the bunch are the customers and odd characters who look to get a trim at Calvin's.
As a longtime fan of Ice Cube, I was very happy with "Barbershop." Although not as funny as "Friday", I liked the approach of this movie. It didn't rely on cussing, abusing women, or violence; instead, it told a good story while not taking itself too seriously. For instance, the two thugs who stole the ATM machine spend the whole day trying to find a location so they can crack it open, only to land in humorous situations. My favorite scene of the movie, however, featured no dialogue whatsoever… just dancing. Two of the barbers are fighting with each other, when someone turns up the radio, and Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give it Up (Part 1)" plays for everyone. Suddenly, they stop fighting, and everyone smiles and dances. Sure, it may sound strange, but the execution was excellent.
"Barbershop" was the center of controversy when it first hit theaters. Cedric's character, Eddie, attempts to set the record straight on certain "myths" within the black community, only to end his speech with a nasty remark directed at Jessie Jackson. This created an additional buzz for the movie, which eventually propelled "Barbershop" past the $75 million mark. A sequel is planned for 2004.
Let's go back to the movie. Without thinking matters through, Calvin makes a deal to sell the beloved barbershop to the neighborhood hustler, only to realize that he wants it back. His employees don't know of his selling the shop, and spend the day ranting about a variety of subjects. While all of this is going on, the cops are looking for the person(s) that stole the ATM machine. Everything eventually comes to a head, and we are given a really sweet ending (a rarity nowadays) to a really funny movie.
Seven deleted with optional commentary are included, and unlike most deleted scenes, these are actually funny. They are shown in rough-cut widescreen, yet still look very presentable. The outtakes last five minutes, and are extremely funny. The interactive game is a quiz about the movie, and is hosted by characters from the film. Also included is the "Trade it All" Video by Fabolous, a behind-the-scenes photo gallery, the "Barbershop" theatrical trailer, and trailers for "Rollerball" and "What's the Worst that Could Happen."