Barbershop 2: Back in Business
Back in Business
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Kevin Rodney Sullivan|
|Produced by||Alex Gartner
George Tillman, Jr.
|Written by||Don D. Scott|
|Based on||Characters created for Barbershop
by Mark Brown
Cedric the Entertainer
Sean Patrick Thomas
Leonard Earl Howze
|Music by||Richard Gibbs|
|Edited by||Patrick Flannery
State Street Pictures
Barbershop 2: Back in Business is a 2004 American comedy-drama film directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on February 6, 2004. A sequel to 2002's Barbershop, also from State Street producing team Robert Teitel and George Tillman, Jr., Barbershop 2 deals with the impact of gentrification on the reputation and livelihood of a long-standing south Chicago barbershop.
Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Sean Patrick Thomas, Eve, and several other actors reprise their roles from the first Barbershop film. However, a few of the original film's actors such as Tom Wright and Jazsmin Lewis return with smaller roles.
Since the events of the previous film, Calvin Palmer, Jr. has finally settled comfortably into his role as the owner of the inner city barbershop founded by his grandfather and father. The shop's latest threat comes from overzealous developer Quentin Leroux who opens a rival barbershop chain across the street, called "Nappy Cutz".
While Calvin attempts to figure out how to deal with the coming threat of direct competition from Quentin's flashy establishment, his barbers have issues of their own. Isaac, the lone white barber, is now the star of the shop, and begins to feel that he deserves star treatment, feeling neglected by Calvin and the other barbers. Terri is finding success in managing her anger, but has trouble dealing with the growing mutual attraction between her and Ricky. Dinka is still interested in Terri, but is distraught when he finds out that she loves Ricky instead. Jimmy has quit the shop to work for the local alderman Lalowe Brown; his replacement, Calvin's cousin Kenard, is fresh out of barber school and horribly inept at cutting hair. Meanwhile, the barbershop and other businesses like it are under threat from gentrification and Calvin is offered a substantial bribe from Brown and Leroux in exchange for his support of the city council's pro-gentrification legislation.
A subplot involves Eddie recalling his time as a young man in the late 1960s, when he first started working at the shop with Calvin's father, including the riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Also, Eddie remembers his long-lost love, Loretta. This subplot causes Eddie and Calvin to begin bonding. The film also introduces, Calvin's good friend and ex-lover Gina, who works at the beauty shop next door. The girls at the beauty shop have similar conversations and experiences like the barbers and Gina has a bitter rivalry with Eddie.
After attempting to change his own barbershop's style and decor to match those of his rival, Calvin decides to refuse the bribe money and speak out against the neighborhood's gentrification at the local city council meeting. Though Calvin gives a passionate speech about the legislation helping the region to earn money at the cost of its soul and the community, the council still unanimously votes to approve the legislation and move forward with the project. Despite a mutual attraction for one another, Terri and Ricky agree to remain friends (but not before sharing one last kiss). Dinka still loses out on Terri, but finds love in a stylist at Gina's beauty shop. Though the pro-gentrification project is approved, the community remains loyal to Calvin's barbershop.
- Ice Cube as Calvin Palmer, Jr.
- Cedric the Entertainer as Eddie
- Sean Patrick Thomas as Jimmy James
- Harry J. Lennix as Quentin Leroux
- Eve as Terri Jones
- Troy Garity as Isaac Rosenberg
- Michael Ealy as Ricky Nash
- Leonard Earl Howze as Dinka
- Kenan Thompson as Kenard
- DeRay Davis as Rayford
- Queen Latifah as Gina Norris
- Robert Wisdom as Lalowe Brown
- Jazsmin Lewis as Jennifer Palmer
- Tom Wright as Detective Williams
- Carl Wright as Checker Fred
- Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon as Loretta
- Keke Palmer as Gina's niece
Barbershop 2 opened at #1 with $24,241,612. The $30 million production would go on to gross $65,111,277 in the domestic box office and $860,036 internationally for a worldwide total of $65,971,313.
In February 2015, Ice Cube posted on his Instagram account another clue for a third installment of Barbershop, " Barbershop 3? Be on the lookout."
That March, MGM announced that the studio has been setting up deals with Cedric the Entertainer, Queen Latifah, and Nicki Minaj to appear in the film. Malcolm D. Lee is set to direct and New Line Cinema will distribute.
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