Rappers turning to acting, skaters turning to acting, actors turning to skating, characters turning to crime — “Barbershop” and “Stealing Harvard,” this weekend’s two new flicks, are all about evolution.
“She did a hell of a job,” music and film veteran Ice Cube said of fellow rapper Eve’s acting turn in “Barbershop,” a new comedy set in a, well, you know. “Man, I think she should pursue [acting]. Her performance, to me, was flawless.”
Co-starring Sean Patrick Thomas (“Halloween: Resurrection”) and Cedric the Entertainer, “Barbershop” follows Cube’s character, who inherits a Chicago barbershop from his father, as he struggles with the shop’s legacy and his own priorities. (Click for photos from “Barbershop.)
“What movies like ‘Boyz N the Hood’ captured about South Central and the world, basically life in the ‘hood,” Cube explained, “this captures what the barbershop is all about. I think if you watch this movie, you’ll be able to figure out all the barbershops throughout the country ’cause they pretty much the same.”
Pro skater-turned-actor Jason Lee teams with actor (and now pro skater) Tom Green in “Stealing Harvard.” The movie centers on Kevin Smith flick alum Lee, who’s desperate to fulfill a promise to his niece to put her through college while satisfying his fiancée’s desire to buy a house at the same time. His eccentric buddy, played by Green, convinces him that a life of crime is the ticket to solving his financial problems. Predictably, wacky hi-jinks ensue.
The independently produced “Snipes,” starring yet another rapper-turned-actor (Nelly) goes into a wider release this weekend as well.
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—Ryan J. Downey, with additional reporting by