‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’
IN ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’, the third film in the franchise, Ice Cube returns as Calvin, proprietor of a barbershop on Chicago’s South Side, where he oversees a motley crew of haircutters who spend as much time boasting and bantering as they do snipping and styling. Cedric the Entertainer returns as outspoken old-timer Eddie, and Eve is back as sharp-tongued Terri, once the shop’s lone female hairdresser.
The crew includes Terri’s husband and Calvin’s friend Rashad (Common), opinionated Raja (Utkarsh Ambudkar), neurotic Jerrod (Lemorne Morris), and man-of-many-hustles One-Stop (J.B. Smoove), who offers haircuts, health exams, fake IDs and other services from his barber chair. They share the shop with a new business partner, Angie (Regina Hall), and her team of stylists, including spandex-clad Draya (Nicki Minaj) and unluckyin-love Bree (Margot Bingham).
Calvin worries about how the surge in violence is affecting his 14-year-old son, Jalen (Michael Rainey Jr.), who’s getting into fights at school and consider- ing joining a gang. Calvin is also concerned about the effects on his business, especially when former barber and now mayoral aide Jimmy (Sean Patrick Thomas) tells him about a proposal to stem South Side violence by building a wall around the neighborhood. (AP)