• Publication date: October 2, 2009

A Clash Of Culture, Gender, and Ideas in �Cuts� A Cultural, Gender, and Business Battle Rolled Into One

For years a small Baltimore barbershop has thrived in the city�s black community, providing a traditional and very social environment for mostly men to get a quick trim, or even something fancier. The shop�s manager, Kevin Barnes (Marques Houston) experiences a rude awakening when it is revealed that the business was sold to new management.

For years a small Baltimore barbershop has thrived in the city�s black community, providing a traditional and very social environment for mostly men to get a quick trim, or even something fancier. The shop�s manager, Kevin Barnes (Marques Houston) experiences a rude awakening when it is revealed that the business was sold to new management. While Kevin is still able to keep his job at the shop, he has a new copartner: Tiffany Sherwood (Shannon Elizabeth), the daughter of millionaire Jack Sherwood.

A clash of cultures ensues as Tiffany, a white, spoiled party girl with no real life experience must work alongside Kevin, for whom the job is more than just an experience, it is his sole means of income. While Tiffany does not want to lose the shop�s traditionally African-American customers, she does desire to broaden its customer base, a fact that Kevin eventually agrees to himself.

Yet in an attempt to widen the shop�s patronage Kevin and Tiffany at one point alienate their lifelong customers, and must devise a plan to win them back. Additionally, Tiffany makes a number of additions to the salon � including female hairstyling and the introduction of a very laid-back management style. However its new owner soon realizes that she has a thing or two to learn from Kevin when the employees begin taking advantage of her kind-heartedness.

Culture is not the only thing to clash at the shop. There is a relentless battle of the sexes between Kevin�s sports-watching, beer-drinking, and gambling employees and Tiffany�s plush, feminine take on the business. On Tiffany�s side is none other than Candy, a manicurist who viewers may recognize as LaFawnduh from 2004�s surprise hit �Napoleon Dynamite.� Eventually, both Tiffany and Kevin develop a means of catering to both men and women, but not without numerous hilarious antics and hurtles along the way. At one point, when tension reaches its peak, Kevin even decides to leave the barbershop for good, though naturally he has a change of heart regarding his closely guarded family business.

Houston, who depicts Kevin has starred in a number of box office successes in addition to being a �Cuts� cast member. Some of his most notable appearances were in �Good Burger� (1997) and �You Got Served� (2004). Likewise, leading lady Elizabeth is no stranger to the big screen either with a resume including �Scary Movie� (2000), �American Pie� (1999), and �Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back� (2001).