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Hilarious, One of the best Ice Cube movies. A comedy about 2 friends and their problems in South Central L.A. Be ready to laugh
Has aged well! Can be quoted over and over
The best movie quote ever spoken: "Damn!"
Hilarious to this day!
F. Gary Gray's classic stoner comedy film Friday (1995) is a crescendo of insanity. Gray captures the ludicrous nature of living in the hood with nothing to do with a humorous accuracy. His direction is constantly innovative and clever, going from unique angle and perspective scene after scene. Gray proves he is a director to be reckoned with immediately with this hilarious directorial debut.
The comedic bits repeating and escalating to ridiculous heights makes for great moments, whether it is every character slamming doors, smoking weed, constant phone calls, incessant people stopping by, and random shake downs, Friday is always funny. Ice Cube and DJ Pooh's script is quite clever and very funny as they wrote realistic characters and memorable jokes.
The comedic delivery of the average everyman Ice Cube plays as Craig is great. Ice Cube plays it tough, but sincere enough to be an endearing figure in the film. He feels like a guy that keeps getting bad news throughout this one bad day.
Friday's main appeal is the wildly funny Chris Tucker character Smokey. His high pitched voice, erratic vocal impressions, limbs flinging around, and spontaneous jokes kill me. Chris Tucker is just comedy gold in Friday.
Similarly, I love John Witherspoon as Craig's father Mr. Jones. I cannot stop laughing at his endless talking and complaining. Tiny's performance as the intimidating and massive Deebo is frightening to say the least. Bernie Mac is so sleazy and sweaty as the hypocritical pastor. Faizon Love is intimidating and humorless as Big Worm. DJ Pooh has a funny supporting role as the meek Red. Even director F. Gary Gray makes a memorable cameo as a guy working in the shop.
The ladies in Friday are all perfect for each role. Nia Long is adorable and sweet as Debbie. Anna Maria Horsford is nice and thoughtful as Mrs. Jones. Regina King is funny and annoying as Dana just like a sister should be. Paula Jai Parker is so funny as Craig's trashy nagging girlfriend Joi.
Lastly, of course, is Friday's incredible soundtrack. From Dr. Dre to Cypress Hill to Ice Cube himself, Friday's soundtrack is an eclectic collection of hard hip hop songs from 1995. It really keeps you in the time period and area. Ice Cube's title track Friday is brilliant with its deep rumbling bass and brutal lyrics. Ice Cube could do no wrong back then. Friday proves that yet again.
Friday is an ever funny comedy that makes me laugh at the endless string of crazy events that build up into an intense finale. The few dramatic moments still feel poignant. When John Witherspoon tells Ice Cube to fight with his hands instead of shooting a gun still resonates with me deeply. Friday works on a comedic level and a dramatic level. F. Gary Gray's stellar direction keeps you focused, while Ice Cube and Chris Tucker's antics keep you entertained. There are not many funnier comedies out there, honestly.
One of the best movies of all time.
An original stoner gangster film. Ice Cube's baby
Classic... It's even funnier when you watch years later and see things you didn't see when you first watched it.
Are you a fan of fun high flying action comedies? Well that's exactly what this movie is. IM talking about Friday, one of my favorite movies of all time. Friday is about A guy named craig (Ice Cube) who gets fired for stealing cardboard boxes. To make matters worse, rent is due, he hates his overbearing girlfriend, Joi (Paula Jai Parker), and his best friend, Smokey (Chris Tucker), owes the local drug dealer money, and that's all before lunch. As the hours drag on, Jones and Smokey experience a day, complete with crackheads, shoot-outs and overly sexual pastors, concentrated into one single, unbelievable Friday.Now that you know all about the movie what do you think? This is one of the most fun and most watched movie in households all around America. Although this movie is very popular and high status they got it to make over $400,000 with a budget of only 2 million dollars! This movie is very great although it may be inappropriate for young children because of its vulgar content and R rating. Overall it's a great movie to watch anytime because its available on all platforms, even VHS! I highly recommend this movie and give it 5 stars. I hope when you see it you do the same.
Strengths: The script does this movie a lot of favors. The dialogue comes across as natural and realistic, while the characters are surprisingly well developed. Ice Cube (Craig Jones) is a solid lead and plays a character who grows over the course of the film. Heâ(TM)s always found success as the straight man in movies like this. It helps that the funny man, Chris Tucker (Smokey) is at his best. Thereâ(TM)s a reason the role is so memorable. Heâ(TM)s fantastic. The smaller performances by the likes of Tiny Lister Jr. (Deebo), John Witherspoon (Willie Jones), Nia Long (Debbie Parker), Anthony Johnson (Ezel), and Bernie Mac (Pastor Clever) were all hilarious. This movie is just straight up funny, even more than two decades later. The fight scene at the end is way stronger than youâ(TM)d expect from a comedy.
Weaknesses: It does feel like the kind of movie that wonâ(TM)t work for everyone. The comedy is centered around being someone who understands the situations that come with living in a hood like that. While the underlying story is one that is relatable, the plot points around it may not click for general audiences.
Overall: A really funny classic cult comedy. Thereâ(TM)s a nice little lesson in there, some surprisingly solid action moments, and plenty of quotable moments.
Great movie if you can relate to the theme and characters. One thing I really enjoyed was that it was that it kept moving forward and had some lessons in it as well. The comedy is pure gold and it seemed like everyone involved had a good time making this movie.