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Barbershop 2: Back in Business Review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The material is hardly original, but the moment is affecting all the same.

  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    Has a rollicking time reaching its foreseeable conclusion.

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  • 75

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Just as sharply funny and as heartwarming, yet unsentimental, as the first.

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  • 83

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Smart enough to hook us with the best thing it has going: Cedric the Entertainer's gruffly uproarious and lived-in performance as Eddie.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Great message delivered in an edgy hip-hop movie.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Barbershop 2: Back in Business does an excellent job of showing the importance of the barbershop in African-American communities, and the necessity of local businesses in neighborhoods as corporate chains try to move in. Flashbacks show some of the barbershop characters' direct experience of history (riots in the wake of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, for instance), illuminating the importance of keeping people and businesses in the neighborhoods that know and understand the history of the community. The movie is also very funny, but there's some profanity and there are sexual innuendos. 

  • Families can talk about how they choose the places they do business. Do you go to the big national chains or do you seek out small local companies? 
  • Families can also talks about some of the history shown in the movie and their own experiences during the 1960s.
  • How does Barbershop 2 compare with Barbershop? Which do you like better? 

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: It's better to keep small businesses like barbershops -- traditionally a cornerstone of African-American neighborhoods, a place to debate, joke, and gossip -- in the neighborhoods they serve rather than bringing in characterless chain stores that are found in malls all over the country. 

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Calvin is a small business owner who works hard, cares about his employees and his community, and wants his child to have the best life possible. 

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Riot scenes show police and rioters fighting with billyclubs and molotov cocktails on the streets of the South Side of Chicago in the wake of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. A rioter nearly throws a molotov cocktail into the barber shop, almost killing two people inside. 

  • sex false2

    Sex: Some kissing. Sexual innuendos on the order of "size isn't everything." A character is briefly shown in bed with a woman who was flirting with him earlier in the film. 

  • language false3

    Language: Occasional profanity: "f--kin'," "s--t," "ass." 

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Ironic that a film about chain stores running small businesses out of their communities shows characters holding Dunkin' Donuts boxes. 

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue