Barbershop: The Next Cut (Blu-ray)
Review by: Matt Malouf
Posted on: August 2nd, 2016
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Plot: What’s it about?

I say it in a lot of my reviews for sequels, especially recently that there’s little demand for them. Barbershop: The Next Cut is one such example. This also comes some 12 years after the second film. As it turns out, the film isn’t half bad, but one can’t help but shake the unnecessary feeling of the whole outing. I admit that it’s been some time since I’ve seen either of the previous entries, but a quick montage at the beginning gets us up to speed on all the characters. Really, one could start with this film without needing to have seen the previous two for enjoyment. I always appreciate that in a sequel. When it can at least stand on its own without knowledge of the previous film(s). Of course, that isn’t the case for all sequels, but it is here. Once again, Ice Cube leads the pack as Calvin Palmer Jr. He’s the owner of the barbershop, and we follow the various relationships with him and the other employees.

One thing I will say for this film: When it sticks to the comedy, it really works. Sadly, it veers in too many other directions to qualify it as essential viewing, but there are many worthwhile moments scattered throughout. It’s one of those films where some of the dialogue is delivered at such a rapid pace that you might have to rewind to make sure you heard everything. Cedric the entertainer returns, and gets a lot of mileage as well. Once again, Ice Cube is stuck in the straight man role, but I suppose it suits him well enough here. We see him as he’s hopeful for a promising future for his son. One of the subplots involves his son hanging out with the son of his colleague and he wants the friendship to be discontinued. You’ll get many side plots such as that. Too many to name really, but I suppose those that have followed these character’s journeys this far will be interested. As I mentioned, when it sticks to the comedy, this film works best. It’s not that the dramatic moments hurt it, but they can feel a bit like filler. At times, it’s as if the filmmakers feared they might not have enough of a story to just let the funny bits carry it, so they threw in the drama for good measure. I do think enough of the film works to warrant a rental. I just wish the comedy would’ve prevailed more than it does. I think after this chapter, we can close the book on these films, however. They’ve taken it at this point as far as it can go.

Video: How’s it look?

While not a flashy film, this transfer still works quite well. The busy city backdrop adds nice details and the print is pristine. None of this should come as a surprise for a recent film from a major studio, but you never know when you’ll see a transfer today that isn’t up to the high standards. Thankfully, this one is. I can find nothing to complain about here. The image is AVC encoded with a 1.85:1 ratio.

Audio: How’s it sound?

We get a DTS HD track that’s perfectly serviceable even if there’s nothing about it that stands out. Still, I think it serves the film as it should, so I won’t fault it too much. Vocals were always audible and crisp sounding with no issues. There are some moments where the busy city noise shows up, but mostly this is a front-centered affair. It should please fans of the film.

Supplements: What are the extras?

  • The Next Cut: Barbershop Bootcamp – A fairly brief (less than 5 minutes) EPK with some interviews with the cast and crew as they wax philosophical on the film.
  • Deleted Scenes – Director Malcolm Lee offers some comments on a slew of deleted scenes, why they were cut (pun fully intended) and the like.
  • Gag Reel – Shenanigans on the set.

The Bottom Line

Hardly an essential sequel, The Next Cut still gets by largely due to the cast. I think longtime fans of the previous films will get even more enjoyment from this. Some of the dramatic moments can feel forced, but enough of this sequel works to warrant a look. Rent it.

Barbershop: The Next Cut (Blu-ray)
Malcolm D. Lee
112 min.

Certified Fresh 91%
  • (1.85:1)
  • Video Codec: AVC
  • Audio: DTS HD Master
  • 1 Disc Set
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scene(s)
  • Featurette
  • Documentary
  • Digital Copy