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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.



Total Count: 27


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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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Critic Reviews for Friday

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (8)

  • While the character-driven script has a weakness for toilet humor (Mel Brooks would be proud), its inhabitants are given some oddball quirks and tics that keep things percolating when the plot development runs a little thin.

    Apr 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • I knew the picture was in trouble when its first gag involved an old lady spewing obscenities.

    Aug 16, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 6, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • A crudely made, sometimes funny bit of porchfront humor from the 'hood.

    Jul 25, 2008

    Todd McCarthy

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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 | Rating: 3/4
  • Dirty, offensive, infantile and may launch a few sanctimonious opinion columns. And I mean that in the nicest way.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Friday

  • Jun 14, 2017
    I found this on Netflix and thought it was worth checking out. The good news it is still a funny movie and it has grown better with time. The 90s had a lot of films that occured over a day and this one was definitely right up there with the best of them. Ice Cube was wet under the ears but the role suited him, playing against type. Chris Tucker was great as the right hand man, as time went on you realised he was very one dimensional though. The film has very funny beats and manages to squeeze a lot of characters and story into the running time. The key to the film is an emotional storyline and relatable characters, this has it all and deserved the cult status that surrounds it. 14-06-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2016
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2015
    It's hard to know just how much of Friday's greatness was intentional or just a happy accident. Not that I'm really having a go at F. Gary Gray, but I'm not really a big believer in his work, and this has to be his best and perhaps most ingeniously understated film for sure. The thing that makes it a winner is the authenticity of the film. It skillfully makes very funny satire about very serious social problems in everyday african american neighbourhoods, and whilst it might be tempting to think these problems are sugar-coated in their depiction, they really aren't at all. And it works because at some point you realise there's this real sense of community and love out there for each other, despite the hardships that the young men, women, and familes live with in these communities. A surpisingly effective drama too, and probably Chis Tucker's most effective role/performance.
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  • Sep 17, 2014
    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 B Super Reviewer

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