Friday, April 15, 2016
Barbershop 3: The Next Cut 
CNS/USCCB (L) review
ChicagoSunTimes (R. Roeper) review
RogerEbert.com (O. Henderson) review
AVClub (J. Hassenger) review
My hat off to Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer and then to the rest of the cast, makers and crew of Barbershop 3: The Next Cut  (directed by Malcolm D. Lee, screenplay by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, characters by Mark Brown). They revived this Chicago-set movie franchise in a most timely / poignant way.
The South Side of Chicago is at Ground Zero of many of the problems facing our country these days. Hence, it was a joy listening to the banter, granted still scripted and at times exaggerated (a little) for laughs, of still basically regular people portrayed as living in what hopefully will be remembered one day as quite irregular times. For for several years now not a single weekend goes by without people being killed on Chicago's streets most often on the South and West Sides.
Indeed, I found it quite sobering this past Easter (a few weeks past) when the Pastors from these parts of the city organized a city-wide "Cease Fire" AT LEAST FOR THE EASTER HOLIDAY and at least on Easter Sunday itself it proved to be a success. [Note here that a good part of the current film is about the folks at the Barber Shop organizing a similar weekend long "Cease Fire" in which in lieu of violence, the barbers / beauticians offered free hair cuts / styling for 48 hours straight to all comers.
THESE KIND OF EFFORTS NEED TO BE ENCOURAGED BY ALL PEOPLE OF PEACE, AS ALSO WHAT FR. MICHAEL PFLEGER HAS BEEN CALLING FOR AS WELL: OPPORTUNITIES / HOPE BE OFFERED TO YOUNG PEOPLE FROM THESE PARTS OF THE CITY SO THAT THEY COULD HAVE MORE COMMUNITY IN THEIR LIVES THAN THAT OFFERED BY ... GANGS.
Honestly folks, while the language and situations may not be for the youngest of viewers and the film would probably scandalize at times "the older folks" of all races (all our parents / grandparents go to Church, and were brought up in a different way), this is still a wonderful movie for the vast majority of Americans to see. It's about our brothers and sisters living in / trying to navigate circumstances that ALL OF US UNDERSTAND and ALL OF US would _really like to run from_.
'Cept some of us _can't_ and _what would happen if all of us did_?
Honestly, a film to be proud of. Great, great job!
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