Hard-core rapper Ice Cube, after appearing in such hard-hitting films as Boyz 'N the Hood and Higher Learning, played his first comic role in this picture he co-wrote with frequent musical collaborator DJ Pooh. Craig (Ice Cube) manages to get fired on his day off (though he claims it's through no fault of his own) and spends the day hanging out with his buddy Smokey (Chris Tucker) and trying to avoid his father (John Witherspoon), who wants him to find another job immediately. Smokey (whose name might have something to do with his tremendous fondness for marijuana) has even more serious problems; he was given $200 worth of weed to sell by Big Worm (Faizon Love), but he ended up smoking it instead, and if he can't come up with the money by the end of the day, he'll be in a world of hurt (and will put Craig in the same place just for being his friend). And Deebo (Tom "Tiny" Lister, Jr.), a gargantuan bully who roams the neighborhood on his bicycle, has it in for Craig, while Craig tries his best just to stay out of his way. As one would expect, Friday features a strong hip-hop soundtrack, featuring tracks by such artists as Dr. Dre, Cypress Hill, Mack 10, and Funkdoobiest, as well as old-school R&B selections from The Isley Brothers, Roger, and Rose Royce. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Friday
Friday has energy, and sass, and the nerve to suggest that the line between tragedy and comedy may be in the bloodshot eye of the beholder.
A crudely made, sometimes funny bit of porchfront humor from the 'hood.
Director Gray tries (unsuccessfully) to create a '90s Cheech and Chong with inane lavatory humour, manic facial expressions, and plenty of close-ups of a tokin' Smokey. Passé the spliff.
This is a ruder, cruder version of the hip-hop movie House Party, and it offers a fascinating glimpse at the way street life enters pop culture.
Cube is amusing, though he's really playing straight man to Tucker's frenetic and energized Smokey.
Dirty, offensive, infantile and may launch a few sanctimonious opinion columns. And I mean that in the nicest way.
Co-scriptwriters Ice Cube, DJ Pooh, and director F. Gary Gray find as much humor in well-observed detail as in the oddities of the film's world.
The original installment in the outrageous slacker trilogy starring Ice Cube.
A new generation of black talent (director Gray, actors Chris Tucker and Ice Cube) bring verve to this much welcome comedic view of street life in South Central, after mostly crime and drug pictures set there.
Synthesizes blaxploitation and pot-comedy genres and melds them into a colossus of unending laughs.
It has a certain crude, rambling charm.
Gray's direction is painfully flat, and curiously -- especially for a popular music video director like Gray -- lacking any interesting visual style.
Cube's charm and Tucker's frantic antics can carry the movie only so far before the wall-to-wall profanity, constant vulgar humor and male chauvinist ogling wear out their welcome.
Turns "Boyz N'The Hood" on it's head...simply hilarious
Hilarious hip-hop ghetto comedy. Chris Tucker's role as "Smokey" sets this one apart from it's mediocre sequels.
An energetic and genuinely funny low-budget flick. This is why we wade through all the really bad ones; to find the unexpected pieces of comedy gold.
Friday stars several actors who can't act. It also stars a rapper who can't rap. His name is "Ice Cube" and, after seeing this movie (among others) he can officially name himself the king of movies that lack acting talent, as far as I'm concerned.
Audience Reviews for Friday
F. Gary Gray's timeless comedy is stereotypical, satirical and authentically humorous for a new, young generation. Friday is that notable 90's film that can be viewed countless times, memorized and still be able to produce a laugh for many more future generations. 4.5/5More
Friday become a much more superior than others stoner-buddy comedys, not just because have a simple, entertaining, terrible funny screenplay and an unforgettable acting by Chris Tucker. But also for present a surprising, tense and powerful drama. Fresh.More
A comedy that centers on the lives of those in South Central Los Angeles, or even Compton, "Friday" was exceptionally new for when it was released, and saw characters that were funny and yet respectfully deep. Co-written by rapper and star of the film, Ice Cube, the film follows the lives of two grown men living at home, in the same neighborhood, and dealing with lives filled with strife, violence, and fly honies. Four years earlier Cube co-starred in the massively popular and dramatic film "Boyz N' the Hood", which took a look at the serious implications of living life as black men in a lower class neighborhood and surviving everyday events. "Friday" takes cues from that film, showing the characters as real as they come. His father is a dogcatcher who has a habit of going off on rants, his mother is a supportive but strict woman, his sister's weave keeps falling out, and his best friend is a lazy, pot smoking social reject who steals and deals drugs for an upper level dealer. Though laced with moments of obvious comedic intent such as Bernie Mac as a lascivious man who beds a married woman and then runs from her dwarf husband, and the neighborhood drug addict always asking to borrow actual devices from people's houses, everything feels so real. There is an actual message in the film, which is that gun violence doesn't make you a man, a real issue people found in Ice Cube's music and N.W.A.'s. Ice Cube is the main character, as Craig, but he simply plays the straight man to Chris Tucker as a pot head who is constantly lying to cover his own ass and making himself seem more important than he really is. Other great performances come from the incomparable John Witherspoon and Anna Maria Horsford as Craig's parents, Nia Long as the love interest, and a slew of character actors including Faizon Love, Tiny Lister, and Regina King. Funny for many reasons, Friday makes ill of its characters, but it's obvious that there is true love in the portrayals.More
As far as "hood" films (the post 1970s predecessor to blaxploitation) go, this is one of the better and more entertaining ones. It's a buddy comedy all the way, yet it tries to do a little more and at least comment on larger issues affecting urban neighborhoods. It's not as preachy and serious or meaningful as Boyz N The Hood, but it's at least happier and more fun.
This is really a hard film to dislike. It's hip, cool, and very funny. I used to joke that this film formed the basis of my knowledge of African American culture (or atr least a segment of it). I can't say that anymore, but still, this film has some big sentimental value for me that make it very endearing. I think I mostly like it because it's one of those slice of life movies that, despite taking place over the course of a day, really does a great job of fleshing out the world it sets up in a small amount of time.
The cast is really good, featuring lots of notable names and faces. Their performances are great too. It's too bad that Chris Tucker got clean and found Jesus not long after this, because his manic, loud schtick really sings here, and he's just a great foil for the chill, common sense dude played by Ice Cube. Both are likeable, and have great chemistry together. Supporting them in memorable roles are John Witherspoon as the toguh and wise old school dad and Tommy Lister as the archetypical thug bully.
This is a fun movie, and, even though it's more about entertainment, it's not a completely hollow laugh riot that is devoid of something more. Give this one a go, it's a real cult classic.
- You want some kool-aid?
- Man... you know damn well I want some kool-aid!
- Uh uh hell no, pfft! Who is that bitch?
- Who you talking to?
- Nigga I'm talking to you! Now who is she?
- That's just Debbie from down the street.
- So? What the hell she doing in there?
- She was just... get in the house!
- Chu looking at?
- Get yo ass in the house!
- Hurry up!
- [taking a crap outside] You better not tell anybody man.
- Man, I'm not, man.
- Keep it on the low.
- Alright brother. [looks around] HEY, SMOKEY BACK HERE TAKIN' A SHIT!
- Don't worry, I won't tell anybody else.
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