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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Ice Cube
Cedric The Entertainer
Sean Patrick Thomas
Eve
Queen Latifah.
Directors
Kevin Rodney Sullivan.
Screenwriters
Mark Brown
Don D Scott
Don D Scott.
Running Time
106 minutes

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Barbershop 2: Back In Business
More bickering and beard-trimming with Ice Cube and Queen Latifah.


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Plot
More adventures from the mismatched barbers at Calvin's Barber Shop. Once again, Calvin (Ice Cube) is struggling to keep his father's traditions alive, this time against real-estate developers, while his staff bicker and joke.


Review
The fact that this Ice Cube-starring sequel shot to the top of the US box office is hardly an endorsement these days. And admittedly there's little, in terms of plot, to set it apart from its predecessor. The clipper-wielding ensemble cast are just as prone to loud, rambling arguments as before, and the small neighbourhood barbershop run by Calvin Palmer (Cube) is again under threat, now from a dastardly urban developer who's built a deluxe hair salon across the street.

But this time the banter is tighter and funnier, and Calvin's musings on the importance of community seem more heartfelt. Even better, the blander barbers have had their screentime shaved to allow free reign to crazy-haired Cedric The Entertainer and Robert Wisdom's spectacularly phony local politician.


Verdict
All in all, it's surprisingly pleasant to get back in the chair.


Reviewed by Nick De Semlyen

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