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Friday (1995)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

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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

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Ice Cube, D.J. Pooh

Mar 2, 1999

New Line Home Entertainment

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (5) | DVD (12)

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.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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A crudely made, sometimes funny bit of porchfront humor from the 'hood.

July 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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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. Passť the spliff.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Cube is amusing, though he's really playing straight man to Tucker's frenetic and energized Smokey.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Dirty, offensive, infantile and may launch a few sanctimonious opinion columns. And I mean that in the nicest way.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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.

July 25, 2010 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The original installment in the outrageous slacker trilogy starring Ice Cube.

September 7, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

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.

August 21, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Synthesizes blaxploitation and pot-comedy genres and melds them into a colossus of unending laughs.

July 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

It has a certain crude, rambling charm.

March 2, 2005
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Gray's direction is painfully flat, and curiously -- especially for a popular music video director like Gray -- lacking any interesting visual style.

November 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

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.

November 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

...much of the humor sailed right over my caucasian head.

November 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (2)
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Turns "Boyz N'The Hood" on it's head...simply hilarious

July 11, 2003
Moviehole

Hilarious hip-hop ghetto comedy. Chris Tucker's role as "Smokey" sets this one apart from it's mediocre sequels.

March 19, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

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.

July 25, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
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Audience Reviews for Friday

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.
January 15, 2014
Lucas Martins

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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.
December 31, 2012
FrizzDrop

Super Reviewer

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.
August 28, 2011
cosmo313
Chris Weber

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    1. Craig: You want some kool-aid?
    2. Smokey: Man... you know damn well I want some kool-aid!
    – Submitted by ramon w (15 months ago)
    1. Joi: Uh uh hell no, pfft! Who is that bitch?
    2. Craig: Who you talking to?
    3. Joi: Nigga I'm talking to you! Now who is she?
    4. Craig: That's just Debbie from down the street.
    5. Joi: So? What the hell she doing in there?
    6. Craig: She was just... get in the house!
    7. Joi: Chu looking at?
    8. Smokey: Get yo ass in the house!
    9. Craig: Hurry up!
    – Submitted by Amber F (16 months ago)
    1. Smokey: Daaammnn!
    – Submitted by Lucas M (19 months ago)
    1. Smokey: [taking a crap outside] You better not tell anybody man.
    2. Ezal: Man, I'm not, man.
    3. Smokey: Keep it on the low.
    4. Ezal: Alright brother. [looks around] HEY, SMOKEY BACK HERE TAKIN' A SHIT!
    5. Smokey: Ezal!
    6. Ezal: Don't worry, I won't tell anybody else.
    – Submitted by Brandon M (21 months ago)
    1. Mrs. Jones: Now your father... he has game.
    2. Mr. Jones: Don't nobody go in the bathroom for about 35, 45 minutes.
    3. Craig: You call that game?
    – Submitted by Brandon M (22 months ago)
    1. Smokey: I know ya don't smoke weed, I know this. But I'm gonna get you high today cause it's Friday, you ain't got no job and you ain't got shit to do.
    – Submitted by Brandon M (22 months ago)
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