"Barbershop" is as warm as it is wise, deftly setting off uproarious humor with an underlying seriousness that sneaks up on the viewer, providing an experience that is richer than anticipated.
A lively and endearing cast is headed by Ice Cube, in an impressively understated performance as Calvin, the hard-pressed proprietor of a Chicago barbershop.
From his late father, Calvin inherited the barbershop that his grandfather opened in 1958. The shop was never very profitable, and in his eagerness to get ahead, Calvin has eaten up his meager savings in desperate get-rich-quick schemes. Facing foreclosure, he gets serious about selling the business.
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