DETROIT (WWJ) – “Barbershop: The Next Cut” picks up right where the 2nd installment of the popular film franchise left off. It uses humor — and lots of it — to tackle a serious subject.

After operating in the same community for years, things have taken a turn for the worse. Gangs have infiltrated the neighborhood and shootings and killings have become commonplace. What to do about the onslaught of crime starts to dominate the conversation at the local barbershop.

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Before long, the group decides to come up with a way to try and keep the peace. Their solution: try to get rival gangs to agree to a 48-hour cease fire. And, as in any barbershop, the conversations and the hijinks that take place run the gamut: from relationship issues to politics and the resident “jack of all trades.”

But, in addition to the problems in the neighborhood, Calvin and his wife are also having problems with their 14-year-old son Jalen.

With so much going on, “Barbershop: The Next Cut” does a wonderful job weaving the various story lines together. It’s funny, its sexy and its serious all at the same time.

Along with returning stars Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer, this third installment also features several newcomers, including Common and Nicki Minaj. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m sure you will, too.

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NICKI MINAJ as Draya in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' and New Line Cinema's comedy

NICKI MINAJ as Draya in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and New Line Cinema’s comedy “BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, ” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Rated PG-13.

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