Barbershop Blues Release Date: 20 July 2004 (USA) Genre: Thriller | Mystery Director(s): Stephen Allen Writer(s): Stephen Allen Staring: Mandell Butler, Channon Dade and Rashad Edwards It’s difficult to really dislike Barbershop Blues, since it’s so far and beyond most urban films in terms of production value. It’s impossible to ignore its faulty script, though, […]

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Barbershop Blues
Release Date: 20 July 2004 (USA)
Genre: Thriller | Mystery
Director(s): Stephen Allen
Writer(s): Stephen Allen
Staring: Mandell Butler, Channon Dade and Rashad Edwards

It’s difficult to really dislike Barbershop Blues, since it’s so far and beyond most urban films in terms of production value. It’s impossible to ignore its faulty script, though, which unsuccessfully tries to combine three or four different stories into a cohesive picture.

Ex-con Blue Daniels can’t find a job, so he decides to do a complete 180 and go back into crime. He approaches former model Stacy, who is living happily with her accountant husband Trent, with unflattering pictures of her that would destroy her career if were to get out. Blue demands $35,000 in exchange for the negatives, which brings about Stacy’s rapper brother Bobby, former boyfriend and barbershop owner TC, and others.

Barbershop Blues has plenty of script errors that are so unbelievably stupid that it’s hard to believe no one pointed them out during the production. For one, Stacy is a former model turned singer, so it’s reasonable that the nude pictures would hurt her career. Only problem is she’s working in lounges, singing in front of fifty people. That’s one hell of a career she has.

At one point she says her brother Bobby is only nineteen. The actor portraying Bobby is nowhere near that age, even in the post-Scream era where twentysomethings play teenagers. Maybe he was that age in the script, but a smart writer/director would change those details after casting.

The end of the film sees a newscast announcing the death of the “infamous Blue Daniels.” He wasn’t infamous. Blue Daniels was some dude who got arrested for drug trafficking years ago, and then blackmailed a girl. As far as the audience knows, he was never talked about in the news. Why exactly are they announcing his death on TV?

And for crying out loud, make sure your boom mic isn’t muffled and keep its shadow out of the shot.
DVD: Barebones.

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