If “Barbershop” was Ice Cube’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the sequel is his “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” The 2002 original cast Ice Cube as a successor to James Stewart and Frank Capra’s George Bailey, a malcontent quietly seething over the confines of the family business until circumstance teaches him the richness of his life. The equally warmhearted follow-up puts Ice Cube in the footsteps of Stewart and Capra’s Jefferson Smith, a naive idealist battling corrupt business and political forces in the name of communal decency. It’s another winning formula, maintaining the original’s mix of sweetness and urban attitude. With Cedric the Entertainer, Queen Latifah, Sean Patrick Thomas, Eve and Troy Garity. Rated: PG-13 for language, sexual material and brief drug references. Running time: 98 minutes. Rating: 3 out of 4 stars.

– By The Associated Press


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