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Friday (1995)



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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 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, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ice Cube, D.J. Pooh
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 2, 1999
New Line Home Entertainment


Ice Cube
as Craig
Nia Long
as Debbie
Faizon Love
as Big Worm
Angela Means
as Felisha
Ronn Riser
as Stanley
Tony Cox
as Mr. Parker
Bernie Mac
as Pastor Cleaver
Reynaldo Rey
as Red's Father
Justin Revoner
as Kid No. 1
Meagan Good
as Kid No. 2
LaWanda Page
as Old Lady
F. Gary Gray
as Black Man at Store
as Shooter
Renaldo Rey
as Red's Father
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Critic Reviews for Friday

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (7)

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.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A crudely made, sometimes funny bit of porchfront humor from the 'hood.

Full Review… | July 25, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Writer and director are both only 25 years old -- and provide another example of why it's best to beware of young men with movie cameras.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Dirty, offensive, infantile and may launch a few sanctimonious opinion columns. And I mean that in the nicest way.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Cube is amusing, though he's really playing straight man to Tucker's frenetic and energized Smokey.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

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. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


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.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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