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Bringing Down the House Rated PG-13; running time of 1 hour and 42 minutes
Written by: Mark Brown, Don D. Scott, and Marshall Todd
Directed by: Tim Story
Cast: Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Anthony Anderson, Troy Garity, Sean Patrick Thomas, Eve, Michael Ealy, Leonard Howze, Keith David, Lahmard J. Tate, Tom Wright, Jazsmin Lewis
U.S. Release Date: 9/13/02


The Digest

Calvin (Ice Cube) has reluctantly inherited his now deceased father's South-side Chicago barbershop. But despite this, Calvin shows up bright and early and opens the shop just like any other day.

No sooner does he open the shop, the regulars and barbers begin to trickle in. Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer) an opinionated old school without a customer to speak of; Terri( Eve) the only female in the shop who is in a very unhealthy relationship with an ole dog; Jimmy (Sean Patrick Thomas) a bougie college student who places himself above everyone else because of his education; Ricky (Micahel Ealy) an ex-convict on two strikes trying to clean up his act; Isaac a white dude who is deep in the black culture and just wants a chance to cut hair. This is clearly the neighborhood gathering place. Clear to everyone, but Calvin.

Calvin wants to do anything, but run that shop. He feels that his father ran it into the ground by allowing barbers to pay rent when ever and always reaching out and giving a helping hand or a free haircut to those in need. He sees the shop only as a burden, his dream is to open a music studio in his basement. In a spur of the moment decision he contacts a local loan shark, Lester (Keith David) and sells the shop to him for $20,000. After the deed is done, he finds out that Lester is going to change into a "gentlemen's club" plus Calvin realizes how important the barbershop is to the community. With this knowledge, he tries to cancel the deal, but Lester isn't having that. Lester agrees, but only if Calvin pays him $40,000 and by 7.pm. that night.

Calvin has 7 hours to right this wrong, can he?

The Dish

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It was so much more than I expected and the only real complaint I have is the thrown together and rushed ending. Even the ridiculous antics of JD (Anthony Anderson) and Billy (Lahmard Tate who I said looked just like Larenz Tate before I knew his real name.) didn't bother me. In fact I found myself laughing despite the stupidity. And how much did I love, Cedric's character? Now you know we all have an uncle or grandfather just like Eddie. That man is my uncle George R. through and through. They even talk alike. Uncle George can "tare" up some words and Lord help us if he gets started on O.J. and Rodney King. Ain't no use arguing with him either. You might as well just sit back and let him go off then just laugh. But enough about my family. The family in the barbershop was so believable. For every stereotype presented, another one was broken. Even the stereotype presented by Isaac (Troy Garity who is a third generation actor, by the way. He is Jane Fonda's son and Henry Fonda's grandson.) the white guy - just because he is white doesn't mean he can't cut hair further he wasn't trying to "be black" this is him and who he is, period and the same could be said of every other character. They are who they are - the good, the bad, and the outrageous.

The Directive

As I said, I really loved this movie. It's the type of movie I could have taken my grammy to see. It was funny and refreshing and worth the price of admission

3BC Ratings

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A cut above the rest.
The Directive

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