Barbershop (franchise)

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Directed byTim Story (1)
Kevin Rodney Sullivan (2)
Malcolm D. Lee (3)
Bille Woodruff (Beauty Shop)
StarringIce Cube
Cedric the Entertainer
Anthony Anderson
Michael Ealy
Sean Patrick Thomas
Music byTerence Blanchard (1)
Richard Gibbs (2)
Stanley Clarke (3)
Christopher Young (Beauty Shop)
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Warner Bros. Pictures (3)
Release date
CountryUnited States
BudgetTotal (4 films):
$87 million
Box officeTotal (4 films):

Barbershop is an American comedy film franchise that started in 2002 with Barbershop, directed by Tim Story. Barbershop 2: Back in Business was directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan and released in 2004, while the third film, Barbershop: The Next Cut directed by Malcolm D. Lee, was released in April 2016. A spin-off starring Queen Latifah, Beauty Shop, was released in 2005, along with a television series of the same name debuting in the same year.

The series received generally positive reviews and grossed over $235 million worldwide.


Barbershop (2002)[edit]

A smart comedy about a day in the life of a barbershop on the south side of Chicago. Calvin (Ice Cube), who inherited the struggling business from his deceased father, views the shop as nothing but a burden and a waste of his time. After selling the shop to a local loan shark, Calvin slowly begins to see his father's vision and legacy and struggles with the notion that he just sold it out.

Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004)[edit]

This sequel to the 2002 film returns to the Chicago barbershop owned by Calvin Palmer Jr. (Ice Cube). His employees—Isaac (Troy Garity), Terri (Eve), Ricky (Michael Ealy), Dinka (Leonard Earl Howze) and Kenard (Kenan Thompson)—have their own personal and workplace problems, and a new barbershop called Nappy Cutz has moved in across the street. As Calvin tries to change the character of his business, Nappy Cutz and gentrification become a threat to the surrounding community.

Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)[edit]

Malcolm D. Lee directs, while Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer are among the cast of the film.[1] The film was released on April 15, 2016.


Beauty Shop (2005)[edit]

A spin-off from the first two Barbershop films, Gina Norris (Queen Latifah) is a widowed hairstylist who has moved from Chicago to Atlanta so her daughter, Vanessa (Paige Hurd), can attend a private music school. She has made a name for herself as a stylist, but after her self-centered boss, Jorge (Kevin Bacon), criticizes her decisions, she leaves and sets up her own shop, purchasing a run-down salon by the skin of her teeth by helping out a loan officer.

Television series[edit]

Barbershop (2005)[edit]


Critical reception[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore IMDb
Barbershop 82% (124 reviews) 66 (29 reviews) A− 6.3
Barbershop 2: Back in Business 69% (126 reviews) 59 (34 reviews) A− 5.7
Beauty Shop 38% (117 reviews) 53 (28 reviews) A− 5.5
Barbershop: The Next Cut 90% (94 reviews) 67 (30 reviews) A− 5.9

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Revenue Budget Ref.
U.S. and Canada Other territories Worldwide
Barbershop September 13, 2002 (2002-09-13) $75,782,105 $1,281,819 $77,063,924 $12 million [2]
Barbershop 2: Back in Business February 6, 2004 (2004-02-06) $65,111,277 $860,036 $65,971,313 $30 million [3]
Beauty Shop March 30, 2005 (2005-03-30) $36,351,350 $894,103 $37,245,453 $25 million[4] [5]
Barbershop: The Next Cut April 15, 2016 (2016-04-15) $54,030,051 $1,000,000 $55,030,051 $20 million[6] [7]
Total $231,274,783 $4,035,958 $235,310,741 $87 million [citation needed]


Character Main films Spin-off film Television series
Barbershop Barbershop 2: Back in Business Barbershop:
The Next Cut
Beauty Shop Barbershop
2002 2004 2016 2005
Calvin Palmer, Jr. Ice Cube Omar Gooding
Eddie Walker Cedric the Entertainer Barry Shabaka Henley
Terri Jones Eve Toni Trucks
Jimmy James Sean Patrick Thomas Leslie Elliard
Isaac Rosenberg Troy Garity Wes Chatham
(as Isaac Brice)
Jennifer Palmer Jazsmin Lewis Anna Brown
Ricky Nash Michael Ealy
Dinka Leonard Earl Howze Gbenga Akinnagbe
(as Yinka)
Rayford DeRay Davis
Detective Williams Tom Wright
Customer Dante Deon Cole
J.D. Anthony Anderson Anthony Anderson
Lester Wallace Keith David
Kevin Jason George
Billy Lahmard Tate
Gina Norris Queen Latifah Queen Latifah
Quentin Leroux Harry J. Lennix
Kenard Kenan Thompson
Lalowe Brown Robert Wisdom
Loretta Garcelle Beauvais
Gina's niece Keke Palmer
Angie Regina Hall
Draya Nicki Minaj
Rashad Common
Bree Margot Bingham
Jerrod Lamorne Morris
Raja Utkarsh Ambudkar
One Stop J. B. Smoove
Lynn Alicia Silverstone
Terri Andie MacDowell
Ms. Josephine Alfre Woodard
Joanne Marcus Mena Suvari
Jorge Kevin Bacon
Joe Djimon Hounsou
Romadal Dupree Dan White
Note: A light grey cell indicates the character who did not appear in that film.


Year Film Director(s) Producer(s) Writer(s) Composer(s) Cinematographer(s) Editor(s)
Main series
2002 Barbershop Tim Story George Tillman Jr., Robert Teitel, Mark Brown screenplay by:
Mark Brown, Don D. Scott, Marshall Todd
story by:
Mark Brown
Terence Blanchard Tom Priestley, Jr. John Carter
2004 Barbershop 2: Back in Business Kevin Rodney Sullivan Alex Gartner, George Tillman, Jr., Robert Teitel Don D. Scott Richard Gibbs Patrick Flannery, Paul Seydor
2016 Barbershop: The Next Cut Malcolm D. Lee Ice Cube, Robert Teitel, George Tillman, Jr. Kenya Barris, Tracy Oliver Stanley Clarke Greg Gardiner Paul Millspaugh
2005 Beauty Shop Bille Woodruff David Hoberman, Robert Teitel, George Tillman, Jr., Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere screenplay by:
Kate Lanier, Norman Vance, Jr.
story by:
Elizabeth Hunter
Christopher Young Theo van de Sande Michael Jablow


  1. ^ Fleming, Mike, Jr. (February 19, 2015). "Malcolm D. Lee to Helm 'Barbershop 3' for MGM". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  2. ^ "Barbershop (2002)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  3. ^ "Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  4. ^ "Beauty Shop (2004)". The Numbers. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Beauty Shop (2005)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  6. ^ "Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)". The Numbers. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 14, 2017.