Barbershop (2002)

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An ensemble comedy about a day in the life of a barbershop on the south side of Chicago. It's Calvin's shop, and he inherited the struggling business from his father, but with bills to pay and a baby on the way, he sees the shop as a burden and a waste of time. After selling the shop to a local loan shark, Calvin slowly begins to see his father's vision and legacy and struggles with the notion that he just sold it out. Calvin's barbershop is filled with an eclectic and comedic cast of folk who share their stories, jokes, trials and tribulations. In the shop we find Eddie, an old barber with a big mouth, strong opinions and no customers. Jimmy is a highly educated barber with a superiority complex who can't stand Isaac, the new, white barber who just wants a shot at cutting some hair. Ricky is an ex-con with two strikes against him and is desperately trying to stay straight. Terri is a hard-edged woman who can't seem to leave her two-timing boyfriend. And lastly there's Dinka, a fellow barber who is madly in love with Terri but doesn't get the time of day.


  • Ice Cube
  • Cedric the Entertainer
  • Ice Cube
  • Eve
  • Anthony Anderson
  • Jason George
  • Cedric the Entertainer
  • Anthony Anderson
  • Sean Patrick Thomas
  • Eve
  • Troy Garity
  • Michael Ealy
  • Leonard Earl Howze
  • Keith David
  • Jazsmin Lewis

Did You Know?


  • The cast spent a month training at a barber college to prepare for their roles. Only Troy Garity had had previous hair-cutting experience.
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  • The "broken" lamp is off/on between shots after Billy hits it with the axe.
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    • Dinka: I'm big-boned, Rick! Hefty! Rotund! There's too much of myself to go around!
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Combines big laughs, a big heart and thoroughly winning characters to become the first big surprise of the fall season.

Metacritic review by Lou Lumenick
Lou Lumenick
New York Post

There is a kind of music to their conversations, now a lullaby, now a march, now a requiem, now hip-hop, and they play with one another like members of an orchestra. The movie's so good to listen to, it would even work as an audio book.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Entertaining, surprisingly well-written and often rowdily amusing picture. It is predictable in many ways but also full of heart, humor and personality.

Metacritic review by Michael Wilmington
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune