Barbershop is an American comedy movie franchise that started in 2002 with the first Barbershop movie, which was directed by Tim Story. The second movie, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, was directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan and released in 2004.
The third Barbershop movie, directed by Malcolm D. Lee, was released in April 2016. A spin-off starring Queen Latifah, Beauty Shop, was released in 2005, along with a television series of the same name debuting in the same year.
The series was generally well-received and made over $235 million worldwide.
How Many Barbershop Movies Are There?
There are three Barbershop movies. The first movie was released in 2002, the second movie was released in 2004, and the third movie was released in 2016. A spin-off called Beauty Shop was also released in 2005. There is also a TV series that aired from 2005 to 2006.
All Barbershop Movies in Order of Release Date
- Barbershop (2002) – September 13, 2002
- Barbershop 2: Back In Business (2004) – February 6, 2004
- Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) – April 15, 2016
- Beauty Shop (2005) – March 30, 2005
- Barbershop TV Series (2005-2006)
- Directed By: Tim Story
- Running time: 102 minutes
Ice Cube stars in a smart comedy about a day in the life of a barbershop on the south side of Chicago. In the film, Calvin (Ice Cube), who inherited the struggling business from his deceased father, views the shop as nothing but a burden and a waste of his time.
Calvin was very conflicted after he sold the shop to a local loan shark. On the one hand, he could see his father’s vision for the shop coming true. But on the other hand, he felt like he had betrayed his father by selling it out.
Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004)
- Directed By: Kevin Rodney Sullivan
- Running time: 106 minutes
This sequel to the 2002 film returns to the Chicago barbershop owned by Calvin Palmer Jr. (Ice Cube). Isaac, Terri, Ricky, Dinka, and Kenard are all employees of the barbershop. They each have their own personal and work-related problems. A new barbershop called Nappy Cutz has recently moved in across the street.
As Calvin tries to change the character of his business, Nappy Cutz, the changes threaten the surrounding community.
Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)
- Directed By: Malcolm D. Lee
- Running time: 112 minutes
It has been 12 years since the last Barbershop movie. The third installment in the franchise brings the characters into the present day, with Calvin (Ice Cube) now the father of a teenage daughter. The film tackles current issues such as gang violence, social media, and gentrification.
As the movie progresses, the barbershop becomes a place for the community to come together and discuss these issues.
Barbershop: The Next Cut is a feel-good movie that will leave you laughing and thinking at the same time. The film was released on April 15, 2016.
Beauty Shop (2005)
- Directed By: Bille Woodruff
- Running time: 104 minutes
In this spin-off of the Barbershop franchise, Queen Latifah stars as Gina Norris, a hairstylist who opens her own salon called Beauty Shop.
Gina’s salon is a place where women can come to relax, gossip, and get their hair done. However, Gina’s business is struggling, and she must find a way to keep her salon afloat.
Beauty Shop is a funny and heartwarming film that will appeal to fans of the Barbershop franchise. The film was released on April 1, 2005.
The TV series is a continuation of the film franchise. It follows the lives of the employees of the barbershop, as they deal with work-related and personal issues. The series was canceled after one season.