Far from the Baltimore 'hood he knows so well, director Barry Levinson delves into the complexities of 1980s Belfast with this stark comedy. Trying to help the follicly challenged (and their own pocket books), two barbers start wigging out when they take over the only hairpiece business in Northern Ireland. On that premise, this is a small yet effective and clever film.
But when we learn the violent Irish Republican Army is looking to buy mass quantities of toupees to elude the police, the movie takes a hairy turn. Suddenly, it's Catholics versus Protestants and Ireland versus England. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it's certainly not the light comedy this started out to be. Still, thanks to the gifted direction of Levinson, this Piece wears well.