Two nights ago I went to the advance screening of Barbershop: The Next Cut (ps – it’s been over 10 years since the last Barbershop… Crazy, right??). Going in, I expected a light-hearted comedy that touched on sensitive topics in a funny way. Like every other comedy out there.

Boy, was I wrong.

I walked out with smudged eyeliner from shedding more than a few tears, a tickle in my throat from laughing so hard, and a sense of hope for the world. I know that sounds heavy, but hear me out.

Yes, at face value, Barbershop is exactly what its franchise intended it to be; a comedy.

But at its core, Barbershop cuts deeper. Believe me, you take away more of a societal and economic world view than what you had before you walked in – and that to me, is enough to give this sequel a 5 out of 5.

To give you a bit of background: As financial times are rough, Calvin (Ice Cube) and Angie (Regina Hall) decide to join forces, and bring the barbershop and beauty salon together as one. What they don’t realize, is how much they’re messing with tradition. Gone are the days where the guys can come in for a quick fade and talk with the boys, not to mention girl talk has been completely abolished since they now share the same space. (PS – Nicki Minaj really impresses me in her role. I’m being serious). 

Just when you think that’s the big issue the cast is facing, Barbershop throws you into something much deeper – crime gangs, gun violence, and the safety of the residence of south-side Chicago; real issues, that are happening in real life, right now.

What ensues is a master plan made by the Barbershop crew, all in the name of saving the community from its own demise. This is where the waterworks come in… ya I definitely needed tissues.

Don’t get me wrong – as much as it touches on tough topics, it doesn’t stray from its original comedic vibe… ie. I was still laughing uncontrollably (HIGHLIGHT OF THE MOVIE IS LAMORNE MORRIS… HIS UNDER-HIS-BREATH ONE LINERS ARE AMAZING).

In short – Go. See. This. Movie. 

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