The Barbershop movie is a comedy classic set in one of the staple locations for The Culture in any neighborhood, the barbershop.
The film dropped in on September 13, 2002. It was directed by Tim Story and written by Mark Brown, Don D. Scott and Marshall Todd. The film was produced by George Tillman Jr., Robert Teitel and Brown. The cast is star studded and includes Ice Cube, Anthony Anderson, Cedric the Entertainer, Sean Patrick Thomas, Eve, Troy Garity, Michael Ealy and Keith David. At the time, Barbershop was one of the few films to have a black director, writers, producers, and cast to be released by a major motion picture studio (MGM).
The film revolves around the social life in a barbershop on the South Side of Chicago. Ice Cube played the owner of the shop and the building served as a safe space for black men to congregate and talk their talk about anything and everything. From lighthearted jokes to serious social commentary, the barbers and their clients discussed it all.
The sentiment and the excellent performances from the cast helped people connect with the film. And that connection made Barbershop major commercial success, grossing $77 million worldwide on a $12 million production budget. It also launched the careers of then-acting newcomers Eve and Ealy. It also launched the Barbershop franchise. All together, the 4 films (2 sequels and the spinoff Beauty Shop) in the series have made over $253 million at the box office.
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