“Barbershop: the next cut” is the third in a series of successful movies. Even if you haven’t seen the first two films, this movie stands alone. It is not necessarily built on the first two films. Although it is a funny movie, It has some very powerful things to say about Black lives Matter and gang warfare.

Calvin and his longtime crew are back in “Barbershop: The Next Cut”, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, the once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the guys at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and crew to work together to not only save the shop, but their Chicago neighborhood.

Ice Cube stars as Calvin. Cedric the Entertainer is Eddie. Common plays Rashad while Eve is his wife Terri. Nicki Minaj is the sexy Draya. Michael Rainey, Jr. is Calvin’s son, Jalen. But, I think J.B. Smoove steals the show as “One Stop.”

The script was written by Kenya Barris who also writes the television show “Blackish” and Tracy Oliver based on characters developed by Mark Brown. Barris and Oliver make a great writing team and should continue to write together.

“Barbershop: The next cut” was directed by Malcolm Lee cousin to Spike Lee.

Although the target audience for this film is the Black community, it is a film that can be enjoyed by all adults. It is well-written and well-acted. It has a PG-13 rating but I think this film isn’t really for the younger kids although they see much worse on day time television every day of the week, but I’ll save that tirade for another column. The message to teens is very strong: stay out of gangs or you die.

“Barbershop: The next cut” opens Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12