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(2004), PG-13
with comparison to Barbershop (2002)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
February 6, 2004
47 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2004), PG-13 -- Nor does the thousandth time excuse the first.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): State Street Pictures, Cube Vision, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Distribution (US): Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation
Director(s): Kevin Rodney Sullivan
Producer(s): Matt Alvarez, Mark Brown, Thomas J. Busch, Ice Cube, Alex Gartner, Jay Roberts, Robert Teitel, George Tillman Jr.
Written by: Mark Brown (characters), Don D. Scott (written by)
Cinematography/Camera: Tom Priestley Jr.
Music: Richard Gibbs
Film Editing: Paul Seydor
Casting: Felicia Fasano, Sharon King, Mary Vernieu
Production Design: Robb Wilson King
Art Direction: Craig Jackson
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

In this sequel to Barbershop, Calvin Palmer (Ice Cube) is still operating his barbershop on the South side of Chicago. It has been there for more than 40 years and has become an icon of the neighborhood and a cornerstone for the community; a gathering place for tall tales and for making plans to save the world. After all, a barbershop is a place for contemplating, conferring, espousing and, occasionally, a haircut. But competition raises its ugly head as a shiny new salon called Nappy Cuts opens across the street. Worries hit Gina (Queen Latifah), too, who operates a beauty shop next door to Palmer's barbershop.

Smiling opportunist politician Quentin Leroux (Harry Lennix) is trying to turn the neighborhood into a large mall, but Palmer and the rest of the Barbershop crew are fighting Leroux to keep the value of community and neighborhood alive and strong. In an episode of cosmetological espionage the barbershop crew invade the Nappy Cuts salon, owned by Leroux no less, to check out the competition and to get ideas for their shop in order to compete with the new salon.

Most of the time of the show is spent throwing insults, sexual innuendo and coarse jokes, most of the time I was there anyway which was the first 79 minutes of the advertised 116 minutes, five to ten minutes you can chop off for previews/trailers, credits, etc. I had to leave before the show ended to get to the next movie in the itinerary.

Every single PG-13 movie I have seen in recent years has been flooded with the use of the three/four letter word vocabulary. Barbershop 2 is no exception. Flooding the "market" with repetition after repetition is the best way to "sell", especially when selling with an attitude ... an attitude of impudence/haughtiness that piece by piece and issue by issue pushes the threshold of moral into the realm of what once was immoral and makes it acceptable with a subordinate attitude of absolution from guilt or wrong-doing. And that is precisely what flagrant and uninhibited use of profanity presents - an impudent attitude. Flooding our youth in the same way with immoral language in and as entertainment is not only an inescapable cause of the proliferation of foul language among our youth but it sets the stage for corrupting attitude in everything else by the contagious properties of an attitude of absolution. Even the makers of the public service announcements against drug and alcohol abuse know that teens will listen to an announcement with an attitude far more so than one with just straight facts. And from where do you think youth who speak with foul language likely got it? From mom/dad? Other kids? Well, from where do you think they got it. "Oh, I already talk that way!" Well, the first time of a sin does not excuse the second nor does the second excuse the third ... nor the thousandth. Nor does the thousandth time excuse the first. [Is. 30:1]

"I hear that kind of talk and worse every day at school!" Maybe so, but not likely 47 times in 79 minutes. While being forced to hear foul language and vulgar talk by having to associate with they who speak that way is not a sin, it is for the ones who speak that way. And repeating them is. So is repeating that kind of talk heard in the movies. It is also sinful for the actors and actresses who demonstrate the use of foul language, especially if kids (which includes at-home teens) copy them. [Luke 17:2]

Great day in the morning! The MPAA is most assuredly morally bankrupt. And they decide what is acceptable as entertainment for your 13 year old kids. [Matt. 18:10] Feel good about that, do you mom/dad? Sure their classifications are just guidelines but is that how most teens feel about it? "Mom, it's only PG-13 and I am 14 years old. Gimme a break! I'm not a child!" Does that dissonance make you feel all warm and fuzzy?

In the 79 minutes I saw there were 40 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, 4 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and one without, plus 2 uses of the most foul of the foul words with one of them muffled [Col. 3:8]. An unmarried couple nude having sex with the genitals hidden. Making out with inappropriate touching. [1Cor. 7:2] Innuendo galore. Excessive cleavage and sexual innuendo/comments/talk/jokes [Eph. 5:4]. Drinking and drunkenness [Eph. 5:18]. More. All in 79 minutes. I do pray we find full funding for this ministry very soon if only to be able to afford compiling the massive 2003 data (and that which is growing for 2004) regarding R-13 . 2004 is starting out much worse than 2002. And Barbershop 2 (PG-13) is no exception.

Barbershop 2 is definitely a R-13 .

As a convenience, below is a comparison of the two Barbershop films. Almost two peas in the same pod. Though the magnitude of the drops in the various investigation areas may be different, the individual investigation areas with drops in one match the investigation areas with drops in the other. And when one investigation area score is lower or higher than the neighboring investigation area scores for one movie, the same investigation area score shows the same relationship to the neighboring investigation area scores of the other movie. That shows some obvious morality parallelism in the content of the two shows.

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  • Is. 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel [adopt ways, behavior], but not of me; and that cover with a covering [mask, hide, absolve], but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:
  • Matt. 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. ["Despise" is kataphroneo {kat-af-ron-eh'-o}: 1) to condemn, despise, disdain, think little or nothing of, which includes abuse even by influence]
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
  • 1Cor. 7:2 But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk. A recent study has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    Barbershop2: Back in Business (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • illegal flight to avoid lawful capture
  • feigning armed robbery
  • breaking and entering
  • assault
  • political bribery

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 40 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • two uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • many tattoos
  • lies

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • sexual innuendo/talk/comments, repeatedly
  • sexual insults, repeatedly
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • sexual song
  • making out with inappropriate touch
  • man and woman having sexual relationship with genitals hidden
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drunkenness
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)
  • 4 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and once without
  • admission of adultery

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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