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Barbershop: The Next Cut [2016] [PG-13] - 4.4.5



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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After more than a decade the South Side Chicago barbershop is now a unisex salon with both men (Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer) and women (Nikki Minaj, Regina Hall and Eve) employees. The men and women stylists argue good naturedly, but decide to work together to stop the rising violence in their neighborhood. Also with Anthony Anderson, JB Smoove and Common. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee. [1:52]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A woman wears a series of tight-fitting spandex outfits that include several bra tops that show large cleavage and bare midriff, matching yoga pants and a knee length skirt and while in a car she leans over from the passenger seat and asks the driver to come inside her apartment and he refuses; when she leaves, he talks to himself, muttering about how she was hanging out of her clothes and inviting him to have sex. A woman wears a tight dress that reveals significant cleavage; she flirts with a barbershop customer, fluttering her eyes, smiling and asking him to call her. A man brings out a picture of a woman wearing thong panties with her nearly nude buttocks to the camera and we see a heart tattooed or painted on one buttock. A man wears a T-shirt covered with lines that form the outline of a woman with large breasts.
 A wife tells her husband at home to take his pants down and he refuses, then says that he is not a piece of meat; she bends over the couch, saying, "Get on up in it now!" as she slaps her buttock and he refuses her, walking into the kitchen. A woman twerks on a sidewalk into the camera lens; a man begins twerking briefly and then rubs his body up and down the corner of a building like a pole dancer.
 A boy and a girl kiss briefly at a middle school. A man and a woman kiss briefly on a sidewalk and he says, "I think I'm in love with you."
 A wife finds her husband and another woman in a closet in a barbershop with the woman about to hug the husband; the wife becomes angry, curses and the married couple argues.
 A woman salutes and winks at the President of the U.S. as he sits in a barber chair. A man in a barber chair points to his groin below the screen and blows a kiss at a woman. A woman offers her help with general sex techniques and another woman who rolls her eyes.
 A woman tells men that all they want is fake weaves and fake buttocks (using a crude term). A man asks a woman, "Who had sex with you and didn't appreciate it?" A man in a barbershop says that a woman has child bearing hips. A man tells a woman to get the birth control she needs and she becomes angry. A man says that President Barack Obama has side chicks and that every president does; he also says that monogamy is not in a man's DNA. A woman tells another woman, "You can't get a man." A man mentions R. Kelly and a second man twice says that Kelly was involved in child pornography. A man tells another man that he has an itch "down there" and another man says he has burning in the same place. A husband and his wife argue about a single woman flirting with the husband. Two women say they want a man with a "big package." A man asks a woman if he appears to be gay and she says no. An elderly man says that he was groped once by thugs.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A gang approaches teen boys in a parking lot and threatens them, showing handguns in their waistbands and another gang drives up and points long-barreled handguns at the others who drive away. Two teen boys argue about joining a gang and one of the boys runs to tell the father of the other boy about a gang initiation; the father drives to the location and sees gang members threatening his son to join them officially or suffer a beating or worse and the boy sees his father and leaves with him. Two gang leaders attack each other in different scenes, and other men get in between them and stop them. A woman attacks another woman and a man gets between them to stop the fight and screaming. A woman kicks a man in the rear end and he jumps. Groups of teen boys look threateningly at one another in high school hallways.
 A barber fearing a gang conflict in his shop gets a length of metal pipe and charges toward the door, swinging the pipe, only to find another man was joking about a gang entering; he shouts at the man. A man gets a length of pipe in case a gang comes in his shop in. A barber locks up a gang leader customer's two handguns in a side table. Gunshots fire outside a shop and barbers rush to lie on the floor to avoid gunfire (no one is hurt). A barber removes his belt and snaps it, threatening to whip a boy (he does not). A woman finds gang related materials in her teen son's dresser drawer.
 Multiple gunshots fire off-screen and we see EMT vehicles and police cruisers with flashing lights and blaring sirens as a voiceover announces increasing violence in Chicago, with shootings, children dying, and people fearing street gangs. We hear statements that people are afraid of gangs in a few scenes. A council person reports to a group of barbers that the city wants to build a cage around 20 square blocks of the South Side in order to control traffic and gang activity through a monitored entrance and exit; the group disagrees angrily. A teen boy argues with his father loudly. Several women argue in a few scenes. Several men argue loudly several times. We hear that a shop owner was shot in his store. Five men in a barber shop all say that they have been robbed in the recent past. We hear that a teen boy died in the hospital from gunshot wounds suffered in a street fight. A police officer tells several men and women that a teen boy in the neighborhood was shot and killed as he walked home from the library. A man says, "These kids like to kill each other." A woman shouts at men working in a large kitchen that is operating illegally; she and her adult grandson argue about giving the cooks a break.
 Two teen boys in a principal's office are seen with marks on their foreheads and faces and one boy holds an ice pack to his mouth. A man tells his son that the boy's braided hair smells bad because he never washes it.
 A man uses clippers on President Barack Obama's hair, shaves the back of the head too close, and the President jumps and grabs the back of his head (no blood is seen).

PROFANITY 5 - About 2 F-words, 5 sexual references, 29 scatological terms, 34 anatomical terms, 49 mild obscenities, 16 derogatory terms for African-Americans, name-calling (crazy, corny, whores, stupid, fool, knuckleheads, old, creepy, musty), exclamations (shut-up, shut your mouth), 4 religious profanities (GD), 8 religious exclamations (e.g. Have A Blessed Day, Praise God, Oh Lord, Lord Have Mercy, God, Thank God, Karma Made Me Do It). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man says he sells remedies for itching and burning in the groin area (we do not see the remedy), and a man accuses another man of selling nickel bags of marijuana and pit bull dung. A woman carries a glass of wine to her kitchen while her husband opens a bottle of beer (neither is seen drinking), a woman carries a glass of wine while shooting into a telephone, men and woman in a barbershop hold glasses of champagne (we do not see them drink), a man at a bar drinks a glass of whiskey, a man drinks a double shot of amber colored liquor, a man drinks from beer bottles at a bar, and men drink an unknown beverage from large Styrofoam cups. A man holds and puts an unlit cigar into his mouth.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Racism, urban crime, street gangs, teenagers dying in gunfire, parenting, business ethics, solving major problems, danger, determination, courage, relationships, marriage, love, friendship, honesty, respect, conflict, reconciliation.

MESSAGE - Citizens can improve their own neighborhoods.

Special Keywords: S4 - V4 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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