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Next Day Air (2009)



Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 67
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 53

Rife with half-baked jokes and excessive violence, Next Day Air is an uninspired stoner comedy.


Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 19

Rife with half-baked jokes and excessive violence, Next Day Air is an uninspired stoner comedy.



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An overnight drug shipment is sent to the wrong recipient, prompting a frantic race to recover the package before the contents are revealed in this fast-paced crime comedy starring Donald Faison, Mos Def, and Mike Epps. When Brody (Epps) and Guch (Wood Harris) receive a package containing ten kilos of grade-A cocaine, they assume their financial woes are a thing of the past. The package was intended for their next-door neighbors, but the whacked-out courier (Donald Faison) delivered it to the


Action & Adventure, Comedy

Blair Cobbs

Sep 15, 2009


Summit Entertainment

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Next Day Air is sort of bracing, though it isn't very good: Its total lack of dramatic and comic bearings, to say nothing of a point, keeps you wondering about the next fatality, in a half-interested way.

May 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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There are no cops, not much farcical energy, and none of the satiric edge it would take to pull off the film's grim denouement.

May 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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I've seen much funnier films from Mike Epps.

May 11, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comment (1)
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An amusing tail of incompetent criminals.

May 11, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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He may be a first-time feature director, but music video master Benny Boom clearly knows how to pull a midlevel movie together. That's harder than it sounds.

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Far from the worst of Taran tino knockoffs, Next Day Air takes the standard formula of dimwits chasing bags of drugs to the 'hood.

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Next Day Air is well-intentioned but ill-thought, an amateur work by a first time filmmaking team trying to make the kind of film they like to watch, but ignorant of what makes those kinds of films work.

April 20, 2011 Full Review Source:

[Director Benny Boom] keeps the proceedings competent in the face of a labyrinthine plot that begs for more so-called flair than it deserves.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical

Updates the spirit of blaxploitation without feeling pressed to worship or satirize it.

November 17, 2009 Full Review Source: GreenCine

Nearly every scene is a play on the perception that the accumulation of wealth will bring social validation and self-worth.

November 4, 2009 Full Review

Based on modest expectations Next Day Air delivers just the entertainment package it promises -- namely, dumb laughs laced with violence -- and it kinda works.

September 8, 2009 Full Review Source:

I admire Benny Boom's effort; he wanted to make a movie and did it. One can only hope his next venture in Hollywood will be more original and sharp.

July 4, 2009 Full Review Source:

It delivers neither laughs nor chills and offers no visuals more interesting than the Exit signs on the theater doors.

June 7, 2009 Full Review Source:

Best to refuse this delivery

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Consistently unremarkable from its dullsville title on down.

May 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Here's a project so ill-conceived that it finds room in its cast for the talented Mos Def but then bungles that gift by giving him the smallest role among the principal cast members.

May 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Filmgoers who think outside the artmovie box will discover that the artful and enjoyable Next Day Air offers an episode of 21st-century black American life that August Wilson never got to.

May 13, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Press | Comments (6)
New York Press

Guy Ritchie never made anything this bad and boring on the worst Madonna-influenced, crypto-Kabbalistic day of his life.

May 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Comments (2)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

I barely detected moments that even seemed like they were supposed to be funny, let alone ones that actually were.

May 10, 2009 Full Review Source:

I like Donald Faison, Mos Def and Mike Epps - but I really disliked this movie and them in it.

May 10, 2009 Full Review Source:

A screwball comedy/splatter flick which might best thought of as a campy cross of Cotton Comes to Harlem and No Country for Old Men.

May 9, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

Forty years from now, this may be fascinating for its relentless early 21st-century 'urban' slang and attitude. Let's hope it also seems antique for the idea that guns are as accessible as Kleenex...

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Comment (1)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for Next Day Air

There is nothing terribly original about the plot, situations, or characters in this film. It all comes off like a specifically ethnic take on the works of Quentin Tarantino, Elmore Leonard, or Guy Ritchie. For those reasons, I should probably give this thing 2.5-3 at best. However, I'm giving this a mild recommendation anyway.

I am doing this because, as unoriginal as this is, it is still wildly entertaining, pretty funny, and just a wacky crime caper. Roger Ebert was right to call it a bloody screwball comedy. Besides, the casting is pretty good, and their performances are not bad either. The film doesn't bullshit with the pacing, there's a lot of energy keeping things afloat, and the big setpiece at the end is pretty solid.

Give this a chance. It may be warmed over b-footage from much better films, and despite that backhanded compliment, it somehow ends up better than it should be. For what it is, it's fine enough. God knows it could be a lot worse.
March 3, 2011
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

I actually kind of liked this movie. It was kind of boring in some parts but it gets really entertaining in the last 20 minutes. It was also a lot funnier than i thought it would be. It's not really funny or hilarious but it has its moment. I liked it a lot more than i expected too. It's not a great movie but i thought it was good. B-
September 11, 2010

Super Reviewer

Next Day Air is one of the more underrated films in 2009. That doesn't mean it's a masterpiece, but it was highly entertaining. It's like an African American Guy Ritchie film. The plot centers around a large package of cocaine that is wrongfully delivered to a couple of wanna-be gangsters/drug dealers. Hilarity ensues as the package's owner tries to recover his goods which follows a twisty plot and ends in an epic standoff.This is by no means the greatest film of the year, but it's definitely a fun and entertaining rental.
December 27, 2009
Derek A

Super Reviewer

a drug delivery goes wrong in philadelphia, whatever could happen next? ok, ok, but it's not supposed to be grade-a entertainment, only a sort of inner city character stereotype convention at best, and still worth a chuckle or two.
May 23, 2009

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