Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) The plot is a commentary on the current socio-political topics involving the black community like #BlackLivesMatters, gang violence, and school shootings.
2) Cedric the Entertainer as Eddie Walker again got the best lines.

 
CONS –
1) The movie takes a light-hearted way of simplifying things with a sappy ending rather than diving deep and challenging political correctness
2) Predictable twist and turns.

 
QUOTE –
“They’re about to come in here with AKs and 47s and Desert Eagles, and we got nothing but witch hazel!”

Barbershop (2002)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 1/5

 
Pros –
1) Eddie’s monologue unraveling the real meaning of a barbershop for the hood.
2) Dinka’s safari punch – “Dinka boma ye”
3) Entire ATM sub-plot

 

Cons –
1) Annoying actors – too much overacting.
2) Ordinary hangout movie devoid of good comedy.

 
Quote –
Eddie: Is this a barbershop? Is this a barbershop? If we can’t talk straight in a barbershop, then where can we talk straight? We can’t talk straight nowhere else.

Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/5

 
Pros –
1) Cedric the Entertainer as Gus Petch – the man deserves an Oscar for that short role with his iconic catchphrase – I’m gonna nail your ass!
2) Jonathan Hadary as Heinz, the Baron Krauss von Espy – he stole the entire courtroom scene.
3) Billy Bob Thornton plot twist. Marylin, the ruthless golddigger, planned the perfect revenge but love overshadowed vengeance.
4) Fast paced well-written screenplay. George Clooney & Catherine Zeta-Jones had an amazing chemistry as a power couple.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Miles Massey: Attila the Hun. Ivan the Terrible. Henry the Eighth. What do they have in common?
Wrigley: [thinks] Middle name?

Larry Crowne (2011)

Larry Crowne

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –
1) Cedric the Entertainer & Julia Roberts
2) Feel good one time watch rom-com

 

Cons –
1) Predictable plot
2) Tom Hanks as the director is playing it safe unlike Tom Hanks the actor.

 

Quote –
Dr. Matsutani: This is college, there’s only two things you can’t do: smoke in the building and use your phone in my class.