The fourth entry in the Barbershop franchise delivers keen social commentary, bringing back many of the key players from the 2002 and 2004 installments.
Leaving aside the humorous cultural escapism of the early aughts, The Next Cut faces the racial and political issues of 2016 head on.
This Barbershop is simply a place where we can all laugh together, sometimes at ideas that veer close to being explosive.
It's refreshing to encounter a sequel that leans deeper into sociopolitical realities, not further away.
It's stagey, often simplistic and it talks too damn much. But, hell, the talk has flavor and snap and a real-world sense of a community in crisis. Not bad for an escapist romp.
Next time? Just a little off the top please, and leave the socio-political commentary to others.
The cast has a natural chemistry and the shop has an authentic feel. Even as things get preachy, the quips keep customers coming through the door.
Instead of offering easy answers, Barbershop: The Next Cut raises important, difficult, and timely questions.
"The Next Cut" manages to be entertaining and thoughtful, harmless fun but just serious enough not to seem frivolous.