About The Production
Welcome to Calvin's Barbershop. Come in and get lined up. Take off your
coat and let off some steam. Grab a seat and wait for a chair, waste some time,
hear what's going on, and be ready to give your opinion. But don't get mad
if they laugh at what comes out of your mouth. The barbershop is a place where
everyone comes together and is together. Everybody's equal, at least
until they walk out the door. Come in for a cut. Leave with a lot more.
BARBERSHOP is an ensemble comedy about a day at a barbershop on the
south side of Chicago. It's Calvin's (Ice Cube) shop, and he inherited the
struggling business from his father, but with bills to pay and a baby on the way
he sees the shop as a burden and waste of time. After selling the shop to a
local loan shark, however, Calvin finally begins to see his father's vision
and legacy — and
struggles with the notion that he just sold it out. Realizing the shop's
importance to the community — and
to the people who work there — Calvin's
got to raise the money to get it back and keep the shop in the family.
Calvin's Barbershop is a gathering place for an eclectic and hilarious cast
of characters — and a
showcase for a young, talented crew of rising stars. Eddie (Cedric the
Entertainer) is an old-time barber with a big mouth, strong opinions, and no
customers. College student Jimmy (Sean Patrick Thomas) has a superiority complex
and can't stand Isaac (Troy Garity), the white barber who just wants a shot at
cutting some hair. Ricky (Michael Ealy) is an ex-con with two strikes against
him who's trying to stay straight, and Tern (rap star Eve) is a hard-edged
woman who can't seem to leave her two-timing boyfriend —
or get people to leave her apple juice alone. Also
including Anthony Anderson, Leonard Earl Howze, Keith David, and Lahmard Tate an
all-star cast comes together in BARBERSHOP to tell a story of
laughter, heart, community.. .and haircuts.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents a State Street Pictures/Cube Vision
production of BARBERSHOP, the studio feature film directorial
debut of acclaimed music video director Tim Story. With a story by Mark Brown
and a screenplay by Brown and Don D. Scott and Marshall Todd, the film was
produced by Robert Teitel, George Tillman, Jr., and Brown. The talented
production team includes director of photography Tom Priestly, ASC, production
designer Roger Fortune, film editor John Carter, A.C.E., and composer Terence
Blanchard. Matt Alvarez and Larry Kennar served as executive producers.
In Barbershop, a customer can come in to get a haircut and walk out
with an earful of anything from politics to sports to a blow-by-blow retelling
of somebody else's business. Every community has a place where people
congregate to exchange stories, laugh, seek guidance, or just hang out. Calvin's
Barbershop is one of those places.
Producers Robert Teitel and George Tillman, Jr., didn't immediately see a
local barbershop as a strong potential location for a major motion picture
comedy. But everyone needs a haircut. A barbershop is a place all kinds of
people visit from time to time, rich or poor, black or white, young or old. It
becomes a microcosm of society and, as a film setting, allows for an incredibly
rich and diverse — and
humorous — cast of
characters to assemble and tell a story. The producers were drawn to the themes
of commonality and community in the script —themes
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