Friday (1995)



Critic Consensus: What Friday might lack in taut construction or directorial flair, it more than makes up with its vibrant (albeit consistently crass) humor and the charming, energetic performances of its leads.

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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, Rovi
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Ice Cube
as Craig
Chris Tucker
as Smokey
Nia Long
as Debbie
Anna Maria Horsford
as Mrs. Jones
Faizon Love
as Big Worm
Angela Means
as Felisha
Ronn Riser
as Stanley
Tony Cox
as Mr. Parker
Reynaldo Rey
as Red's Father
Bernie Mac
as Pastor Cleaver
Jason Bose Smith
as Lil Chris
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 (22) | Top Critics (6)

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

Full Review… | July 24, 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.

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… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
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Dirty, offensive, infantile and may launch a few sanctimonious opinion columns. And I mean that in the nicest way.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Cube is amusing, though he's really playing straight man to Tucker's frenetic and energized Smokey.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Friday

Ice Cube has no talent as a writer (nor much as an actor) but did find who would want to direct this crappy stoner comedy that feels like the worst and most unfunny sitcom ever, plagued with awful actors (Chris Tucker is unbearable), painful gags and stereotypes instead of characters.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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

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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

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