Picks and Pans Review: Barbershop

UPDATED 08/22/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/22/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT

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Ice Cube's 2002 film about a south Chicago barbershop has already become a movie franchise, and now it makes a smooth move to the small screen. (Cube is an executive producer.) If the original chair is accommodatingly comfortable, you can pick it up and put it down just about anywhere.

Omar Gooding plays Calvin Palmer, an easygoing family man whose time in the shop is split between cutting hair and putting out the interpersonal fires that flare up. One of his barbers, a woman in need of serious anger management, keeps threatening to put her foot in various anatomical spots. (Which is almost nice, considering she could use scissors.) She's played with scampering energy by Toni Trucks.

The show is loose, light and episodic, but along the way deals skillfully with some bigger issues. When a protest against a Korean-run store is organized by a small-time politico named Jimmy James (Leslie Elliard), he tries to up the intimidation level by having the marchers carry tiki torches from Target.

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