Barbershop: The Next Cut

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Barbershop:The Next Cut
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMalcolm D. Lee
Written by
Based onCharacters
by Mark Brown
Produced by
CinematographyGreg Gardiner
Edited byPaul Millspaugh
Music byStanley Clarke
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • April 6, 2016 (2016-04-06) (Los Angeles)
  • April 15, 2016 (2016-04-15) (United States)
Running time
112 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$20 million[2]
Box office$55 million[3]

Barbershop: The Next Cut (also known as Barbershop 3 or Barbershop 3: The Next Cut) is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Malcolm D. Lee, written by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver and produced by Ice Cube, Robert Teitel and George Tillman Jr. It is the sequel to 2004's Barbershop 2: Back in Business and the third installment in the Barbershop film series. It stars an ensemble cast including actors Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Anthony Anderson, Eve, Sean Patrick Thomas, and Deon Cole who return, as well as new cast members Regina Hall, J. B. Smoove, Lamorne Morris, Tyga, Common, and Nicki Minaj. It is the first film in the series in which Michael Ealy and Leonard Earl Howze did not reprise their roles as Ricky and Dinka respectively.

The project was announced in March 2014, and Lee was hired to direct the film in February 2015. Principal photography began in Atlanta in May 2015 with some aerial shots filmed in Chicago.

Barbershop: The Next Cut was released on April 15, 2016 by Warner Bros. Pictures. It received positive reviews from critics, with praise directed at the performances of the cast, Lee's direction, and the screenplay. It was a moderate box office success, grossing $55 million worldwide on a $20 million production budget.


Calvin (Ice Cube) loves Chicago, his hometown and the place where he has been running his barbershop business in addition to supporting his family. Unfortunately the city has become plagued by gang violence and criminal activity as of late, and tensions have begun to rise, especially in Calvin's neighborhood.

Eddie (Cedric The Entertainer) comes running into the barbershop frightened because he claims to have made a comment at some thugs over their pants sagging. Eddie gets Calvin panicked as the door starts banging, but it's really just a delivery man bringing Eddie his breakfast, to Calvin's annoyance.

Calvin and Angie (Regina Hall) now run the barbershop. It has a separate section for women to work, with new recruits Bree (Margot Bingham) and Draya (Minaj). On the men's side are Jerrod (Lamorne Morris), Raja (Utkarsh Ambudkar), and Rashad (Common), new husband of Terri (Eve). Isaac (Troy Garity) and Jimmy (Sean Patrick Thomas) no longer work there, but still keep in touch as customers. JD (Anderson), the estranged cousin of former barber Ricky, has given up a life of crime and now runs a food truck business.

However, Calvin openly lies about what he does with the barbershop proceeds, claiming that he donates the money to charity. In truth, he and his overbearing grandmother (Auntie Fee) keep the money for themselves.

The shop also has a boy named Anthony Clark (Torion Sellers) working there while he puts his focus on school. Rashad's son Kenny (Diallo Thompson) has been hanging out with Calvin's son Jalen (Michael Rainey, Jr.). The boys come in one morning before school, and Calvin catches Kenny trying to swipe two Snickers bars.

Outside members of the Gangster Disciples pull up and try to steal the boys' sneakers, until the Vice Lords from the area appear and tell the other gang to step off. The Vice Lords leader, Yummy (Tyga) is friendly with the boys, assuming that they are willing to join his gang, and hands each boy a $100 bill.

The men and women of the barbershop converse on the subject of modern women, with Bree arguing that good women are always losing to the "hoes," and that men complain about women having fake body parts but still lust after those same women. Another topic of discussion is racism against black people, which Raja disagrees with on the basis that the country has a black President, to which Rashad counters that Obama, a former Chicago resident, has done nothing when news involving murdered black children have been all over the media. Still, Raja insists that there has never been a better time to be a black person.

Calvin has recently been talking to a smooth-talking businessman called One-Stop (J. B. Smoove) about taking the barbershop business from the south side to the north side to avoid the dangers in the streets. Only Calvin's wife Jennifer (Jazsmin Lewis) is aware of this, and she's only considering for Jalen's sake.

A regular client, Jay (Renell Gibbs), enters for an appointment with Draya, but another man, Marquis (Jamal Woolard), shows up and clearly has a beef with Jay. The two men nearly fight in the shop as it is revealed they are both "shot callers" from rival gangs, until Calvin and Rashad intervene.

Jalen and Kenny get in trouble at school after being involved in a fight with the gang from earlier that morning. Jalen is unharmed but Kenny has a bruise under his eye. It pushes Calvin to consider putting his son in Catholic school, and also makes him trust Kenny even less, to the point where he confronts Rashad and tells him their sons shouldn't be hanging out so much. Things get more serious when Jennifer goes through her son's dresser drawers and finds gang paraphernalia.

With trouble going on in the neighborhood, Jimmy stops by and says there is an enclosure with heavy police presence. The members of the shop band together to organize a forum that night with the community to set up a ceasefire, along with free haircuts to anyone that passes by.

Outside the shop, Terri becomes suspicious of Draya for being flirty and close to Rashad. He offers to take Draya home one evening on his way to pick up his daughter. Draya invites Rashad up to her apartment to talk but Rashad knows what's up, even if she denies it being sexual and declines her offer.

The barbershop team set up for Jay and Marquis to arrive at the same time so they can get involved in the ceasefire. After a bit of tension and another near-altercation, both men agree to the ceasefire out of respect for Calvin. Over the weekend, the ceasefire begins. Jerrod and Raja put the word out on Twitter for people to come to the barbershop. A large number of people show up, and things appear to be going smoothly.

While at the barbershop, Rashad goes in the supply room in the back of the shop to grab some items, and Draya does as well. He apologizes for misinterpreting her motives from the other night. She forgives him but then tries to kiss him. Terri enters and heads into the back, looking for Rashad. She catches Rashad and Draya both hiding in the supply closet after he ignored her calling his name, leading her to believe they were hooking up. Terri attempts to fight Draya, chasing her to the front of the shop, however Calvin and others stop her. Terri storms out and Rashad follows to try and explain himself, but she doesn't believe or trust him.

As the shop celebrates a day of peace, Officer Terrence (Timon Kyle Durett) stops by to announce the tragic news that Anthony was shot to death on his way home from the library. Understandably devastated, Calvin gives up on the ceasefire and loses hope that they can make a difference in the neighborhood. The tension leads to Rashad revealing Calvin's intentions to move the shop to the north side of the city (after overhearing his conversation on a phone call) which infuriates Angie, since Calvin kept his plans from her.

Calvin storms out of the shop and goes to the bar, with Eddie joining him. He tries to assure Calvin that although Anthony's death was a tragic loss, they still may have prevented even more gunshot deaths. That inspires Calvin to return to his shop and apologize, while also re-starting the ceasefire. Almost immediately the shop gets a visit from Anthony Davis, which brings more attention to the shop.

By evening the shop has even more business including media coverage, as well as becoming a trending topic on Twitter. JD brings his food truck and racks up some nice business as well, until his lies catch up to him and is guilt-tripped into giving up a substantial amount of his earnings to a real charity. Terri returns to the shop and sees Rashad. She apologizes for accusing him of adultery and they reconcile.

Kenny runs into the shop and tells Calvin that Jalen is at the park ready for a gang initiation, from which Kenny had priviously backed out. Calvin rushes to the park and Jalen is seen approaching Yummy about the initiation. When Calvin gets there, the gang has left, but Jalen stayed behind. Without a word he joins his father.

In the morning, the ceasefire comes to an end and the shop celebrates. Everyone begins to go home. Bree and Jerrod walk together, and they admit they have feelings for each other. They set up a dinner date for the next night. Draya later visits Terri and apologizes for coming onto Rashad, saying that she feels that Terri has her life figured out while Draya doesn't. Terri forgives her and Draya offers a proposition for the couple.

Jalen visits his dad at the shop asking him to cut his hair. Calvin obliges and cuts off his dreads. They reaffirm they love each other and Calvin tells Jalen to sweep the floor. Calvin says that he still loves his city, and he never gave up on it, since it had never given up on him. Father and son join Jennifer, Rashad, Terri and the kids.

During the closing credits, the shop gets an unexpected visit from President Obama (Reggie Brown). Eddie volunteers to give the man a haircut after earlier claiming to have cut his hair years ago. Visibly nervous, Eddie messes up and accidentally shaves a good part on the back of the President's head.



On March 26, 2014, Deadline Hollywood reported that MGM was in negotiations with Ice Cube to produce a third Barbershop film.[5] On February 19, 2015, Malcolm D. Lee was set to direct the third film, while Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer were in talks to join the film.[6] On March 25, 2015, New Line Cinema signed on with MGM to release the film, while MGM would handle the production.[7] Principal photography began in Atlanta on May 11, 2015.[8][9] On November 14, 2015, director Malcolm D. Lee said in an interview at the 7th Annual Governors Award ceremony that the title of the film had been changed from Barbershop 3 to Barbershop: The Next Cut.[10]


The film was originally scheduled for release on February 19, 2016, but was pushed back to April 15, 2016.


Box office[edit]

In the United States and Canada, the film was released alongside The Jungle Book and Criminal, and was projected to gross $26–30 million from 2,661 theaters in its opening weekend.[11] It made $7 million on its first day (including $735,000 from Thursday night previews) and went on to gross $20.2 million, finishing second at the box office behind The Jungle Book ($103.6 million).[12]

The film had a worldwide gross of $55 million.[3]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 90% based on 93 reviews, with an average rating of 6.84/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Heartfelt, thought-provoking, and above all funny, Barbershop: The Next Cut is the rare belated sequel that more than lives up to the standard set by its predecessors."[13] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 67 out of 100, based on 30 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[14] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A−" on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported a 63% "definitely recommend".[15]

Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote: "It’s impressive how well director Malcolm D. Lee (working from a script by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver) balances the serious material with the bawdy, freewheeling comedy pieces."[16][17]


Award Category Recipient Result
Teen Choice Awards[18] Choice Movie: Comedy Nominated
Choice Movie Actor: Comedy Ice Cube Nominated
Choice Movie Actress: Comedy Nicki Minaj Nominated


BarberShop: The Next Cut (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedApril 8, 2016 (2016-04-08)
BarberShop soundtrack chronology
BarberShop 2: Back in Business Soundtrack
BarberShop: The Next Cut (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Singles from BarberShop: The Next Cut
  1. "Good as Hell"
    Released: March 8, 2016
  2. "Real People"
    Released: March 24, 2016
Professional ratings
Review scores

The soundtrack was released digitally by Atlantic Records on April 8, 2016;[20] it consists of hip hop and R&B music.

Track listing[edit]

1."Real People" (performed by Ice Cube & Common)Tone Mason & Mark McKay2:37
2."Good as Hell" (performed by Lizzo)Ricky Reed2:38
3."Working Class Heroes (Work)" (performed by CeeLo Green)Sean Phelan & CeeLo Green2:58
4."Everything Is" (performed by Gabriel Garzón-Montano)Gabriel Garzón-Montano4:15
5."It's Just Begun" (performed by the Jimmy Castor Bunch)Castor-Pruitt Productions3:32
6."Let Go" (performed by Lalah Hathaway)Rex Rideout4:06
7."Hold On" (performed by Kem)Kem4:11
8."September" (performed by Earth, Wind & Fire)Maurice White3:38
9."Set Me Free" (performed by Leela James)Leela James & John Dee Hammond3:46
10."Respect Yourself" (performed by The Staple Singers)Al Bell3:33
11."Turn Up" (performed by The Heavy)The Heavy3:28
12."People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul" (performed by James Brown)James Brown, Cliff White & Tim Rogers9:05
13."Never Too Much" (performed by Luther Vandross)Luther Vandross3:51
14."Future Is Mine" (performed by DJ Cassidy & Chromeo)DJ Cassidy4:22
15."Move On Up" (performed by Curtis Mayfield)Curtis Mayfield8:56
16."Eyes of a Child" (performed by Aloe Blacc)DJ Khalil6:13
Total length:71:09

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BARBERSHOP: A FRESH CUT (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. May 6, 2016. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  2. ^ Mendelson, Scott. "Friday Box Office: 'Jungle Book' Earns Huge $32.4M For $90-95M Weekend". Forbes. Archived from the original on April 16, 2016. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on October 6, 2019. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  4. ^ "Auntie Fee Lands Role In 'Barbershop 3'". Archived from the original on January 2, 2016. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
  5. ^ Fleming, Mike (March 26, 2014). "'Barbershop' Sequel In Works With Ice Cube At MGM". Deadline. Archived from the original on June 28, 2018. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  6. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (February 19, 2015). "Malcolm D. Lee To Helm 'Barbershop 3′ For MGM". Archived from the original on January 18, 2022. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  7. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (March 25, 2015). "New Line Joins MGM And Will Release 'Barbershop 3′". Archived from the original on January 16, 2022. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
  8. ^ "On the Set for 5/11/15: Cameras Roll on 'Barbershop 3', Jason Blum's Film 'Stephanie' & Rob Reiner's 'Being Charlie Wrap Up". May 11, 2015. Archived from the original on June 10, 2015. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  9. ^ Matt Walljasper (May 20, 2015). "What's filming in Atlanta now? Captain America, Keeping up with the Joneses, Barbershop 3, and picked up pilots". Atlanta Magazine. Archived from the original on June 13, 2015. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  10. ^ Kia Wilson. "Barbershop 3 Has New Title And Release Date". Tattle Tailzz. Archived from the original on February 20, 2016.
  11. ^ Anita Busch and Nancy Tartaglione (April 12, 2016). "'The Jungle Book', 'Barbershop: The Next Cut' To Ignite Weekend Box Office – Preview". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on April 13, 2016. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  12. ^ Pamela McClintock (April 15, 2016). "Box Office: Jon Favreau's 'Jungle Book' Swings to Stellar $4.2M Thursday Night". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on April 18, 2016. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  13. ^ "Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on July 13, 2019. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  14. ^ "Barbershop: The Next Cut reviews". Metacritic. Archived from the original on January 18, 2022. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  15. ^ "Jungle Book' Wild With $103.2M; 'Barbershop' Cuts $20.2M; 'Criminal' In Cooler — Box Office Final". Deadline Hollywood. April 18, 2016. Archived from the original on January 18, 2022. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  16. ^ Roeper, Richard (April 14, 2016). "'Barbershop: The Next Cut': Timely Chicago drama, lots of laughs". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on January 18, 2022. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  17. ^ Chang, Justin (April 13, 2016). "Film Review: 'Barbershop: The Next Cut'". Variety. Archived from the original on January 16, 2022. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  18. ^ Vulpo, Mike (May 24, 2016). "Teen Choice Awards 2016 Nominations Announced: See the "First Wave" of Potential Winners". E!. Archived from the original on May 26, 2016. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  19. ^ Glaysher, Scott (April 17, 2016). "Barbershop: The Next Cut (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". HipHopDX. Archived from the original on January 16, 2022. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  20. ^ Bury, Magdalena (March 28, 2016). "Atlantic Unveils Soundtrack For 'Barbershop: The Next Cut'". The Knockturnal. Archived from the original on July 14, 2020. Retrieved July 12, 2020.

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