A day in the life of a barbershop on the south side of Chicago. Calvin(Ice Cube), who inherited the struggling business from his deceased father, views the shop as nothing but a burden and waste of his time. After selling the shop to a local loan shark, Calvin slowly begins to see his father's vision and legacy and struggles with the notion that he just sold it out. The barbershop is filled with characters who share their stories, jokes, trials and tribulations. In the shop we find Eddie(Cedric the Entertainer), an old barber with strong opinions and no customers. Jimmy(Sean Patrick Thomas) is a highly educated barber with a superiority complex who can't stand Isaac(Troy Garity), the new, white barber who just wants a shot at cutting some hair. Ricky(Michael Ealy) is an ex-con with two strikes against him and is desperately trying to stay straight. Terri(Eve) is a hard-edged woman who can't seem to leave her two-timing boyfriend. And lastly there's Dinka, a fellow barber who is madly in love with Terri but doesn't get the time of day.