Not all movies should have sequels, even if they make money. Barbershop 2: Back in Business is probably one of the most pointless sequels ever made, and it isn't even very good.
Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Sean Patrick Thomas, Eve and the rest of the Barbershop gang return, continuing their "adventures" in haircut land. This time around, Calvin (Cube) has to deal with corporate competition as a national haircut chain prepares to open shop right next door. This time around, we get to see corruption in local politics, Queen Latifah promote her upcoming spin-off Beauty Shop and a comedy fall flat on its face.
The first one was funny, and this one is definitely not. With a few exceptions, Barbershop 2 is as bland as they come, with little originality or things of interest to hold any person attentive for two hours. The movie explores the past of Eddie (Cedric) through a series of flashbacks - flashbacks that are about as interesting as a man getting a buzz cut... with a spoon. Why screenwriter Don Scott - or new director Kevin Rodney Sullivan for that matter - thought that the serious past of the movie's comical relief would interest anyone is beyond me, but the movie has plenty of pointless scenes thrown in for the hell of it. Add a bunch of other lame scenes that aren't very funny and you have the movie that is Barbershop 2. Little else can be said. There are a few redeeming moments out of a hundred boring ones, which hardly makes the film worth your while.
Barbershop was great, but unfortunately this sequel is quite the opposite.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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