If you have a look at the list of films and TV shows releasing in america, and those that succeed, you’ll realize that humor dominates the list. Folks like to laugh, and as the world grows more and more troubled – with global warming, terrorism, and crime on the increase – there’s an ever-increasing demand for movies that distract people from such issues. Or help them cope with these problems in a manner that doesn’t send them crying with grief.
As the nation has a sizable African American population, the amount of films catering to them, is also rather high. While there are a couple of dramatic and romantic films in this space, a high number of them are comedy films. And the actors who star in these pictures are hugely popular and iconic characters in their own right. Think of Eddie Murphy who was fantastic at the Nutty Professor movies, Norbit, and Beverly Hills Cop Collection. There is Queen Latifah who’s almost equally popular for her comic timing and style. She’s been at the Ice Age movies, as the voice of Ellie, she’s her own talk show, and she was also part of the barber shops franchise (the next movie titled Barbershop 2: Back in Business).
Barber Shop has been a really popular series because of its star, Ice Cube, who has multiple other comic successes to his credit. It’s set in a barbershop at the South Side of Chicago. The first movie introduced Calvin (Ice Cube) who inherits a barbershop, a cornerstone of life in the us at a time, from his dad. He discovers the real value of his inheritance just after he possesses it, as he realizes it is a place for people of the community to bond.
The next Barber Shop film took exactly the identical premise and setting, and a number of the exact characters, and coped with a new set of challenges. In this picture, the antagonists were urban programmers hoping to eliminate mom and pop stores to get a branded world. Ice Cube was joined by Queen Latifah for this movie though Anthony Anderson (who has recently been seen in the hit TV series Blackish) who had been at the first one, sat this one out.
He makes a comeback from the comedy movie Barber Shop: The Next Cut, reprising his role as J.D.. This one also has Nicki Minaj. The story is about the increasing violence and crime in the area of the barbershop. Calvin and the rest of the team choose to handle it in their own manner.