Barbershop 2: Back in Business (3/10)
2004 by Tony Medley
A new hairstyling
shop is moving in across the street, threatening the viability of the
old barbershop that’s been there since 1958, owned by Calvin (Ice
Barbershop 2 is a
weak, too rarely humorous, too long bore. One of the big problems is
that the speech of Cedric the Entertainer (Eddie) is so mumbled and hard
to understand he needs subtitles, and there’ aren’t any. When he
speaks it’s often as if he’s speaking in some foreign language.
Maybe his lines were funny. I’ll never know.
Another problem is
that just about every other word during the first hour is a four-letter
word for excrement beginning with “sh” and ending with “t.” The
only people in the film who use proper English are Alderman Brown
(Robert Wisdom) and Quentin Leroux (Harry Lennix), the businessman
who’s trying to open a hairstyling shop across the street from the
barbershop. They are the only ones who speak with correct grammar and
they are the bad guys.
they’re the bad guys, Wisdom and Lennix are also the two most
appealing actors in the movie. Wisdom captures the corrupt but charming
politician perfectly and Lennix is a believable businessman. The only
parts of the movie I enjoyed were the scenes with Wisdom.
though Calvin makes a Capraesque speech in front of Alderman Brown’s
Board, the Board has apparently never heard of Frank Capra, so they vote
him down. Undaunted, the filmmakers still give this such a syrupy,
unrealistic Capraesque ending that it loses what little appeal it might
have had, which wasn’t much. Barbershop 2 flunked the watch
test as I looked at mine more than a dozen times, willing it to end.
February 4, 2004