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April 24, 2016
This one is one of my favourites. There's just so many good quotes. Love it.
½ March 21, 2016
This movie on its own makes no sense, as a sequel it makes less sense most characters and story archs are stupid and don't fit in with the first two movies. And the comedy is just awful, not even Kat Williams and Terry Crews couldn't save this peice of shit.
½ February 28, 2016
Though Next Friday (2000) was a production of established poor form, my status as a dedicated fan of Ice Cube told me to pursue Friday After Next.

By the point of Friday After Next, I know not to expect anything along the lines of Friday (1995). F. Gary Gray and Chris Tucker have nothing to do with the film and the genre is no longer a stoner comedy. The film is little more than an Ice Cube vehicle, this time as a buddy comedy against the backdrop of a Christmas setting. This sets the standard pretty low from the beginning and so viewers' expectations should be clear, and when Friday After Next lives up to them the result is as unsatisfying as you would expect.
The story follows Craig Jones after he moves back to The Hood, he ends up getting robbed on Christmas Eve, the day he begins his new job as a security guard at a strip mall. By the end of the film, everything is predictably resolved but the audience has hardly laughed enough to justify the experience.
Friday After Next is very much removed from the conventions established by Next Friday that it is even less like Friday, effectively minimizing the need to compare them. By comparison it is a superior film than Next Friday, but it is still far from entertaining. Like a series of meandering comedy sketches, Friday After Next unfolds a collection of directionless gags which are barely strung together by the loose narrative and a sense of repetition. The same basic jokes are repeated again and again in Friday After Next with a different context each time, and yet they are rarely funny in any way, shape or form. Occasionally the spirit of the actors can provide a mild spark here and there, but in the face of Friday After Next spending all of its time running in circles there is hardly much of a flame to contribute to.
Quintessentially, Friday After Next could not have less to do with Friday. It's a single comedy sketch stretched to feature length with an excess of reliance on generic racist stereotypes to keep viewers distracted. Gone is the dramatic undertones of the original film and any clever appeal that once popularized the series, anchoring the entire experience heavily in lifeless roots. From there, it attempts to harness the life in those roots with far too much ambition than the material can actually grasp. If it wasn't already clear by the point of Next Friday that the film didn't need a sequel and that there is minimal more creativity to harness in the Friday universe when there is no Smokey around to keep viewers laughing, then Friday After Next should be the final nail on the coffin since the writers had to get so removed from what the idea of Friday was to make this sequel. Nevertheless, it didn't stop them from maintaining the Friday name in a desperate attempt to bring over the fans still hoping for perhaps a meandering collection of laughs at the least. As a result, it is really difficult to respect anyone involved in the production of Friday After Next.
Yet most of the cast manage to put some spirit into Friday After Next somewhere along the way.
Ice Cube's natural charisma is once again the only thing that keeps this Friday sequel consistently watchable. There is hardly anything still iconic about the character Craig Jones since all the iconic comic traits and genuine meaning that he once maintained have been reduced to being Ice Cube's stereotypical persona with nothing special to offer. It's funny at times and his genuine energy is enjoyable, but there is a lack of specialty in it this time around. At least it seems like he has fun with the role, and since he managed to make some money off the film I can certainly applaud a well-financed career for an actor as talented as him.
However, Mike Epps returns to the same unlikable character he procured in Next Friday once again. In Friday After Next he is hardly as much of an annoying whiner, but he still relies on a relentless amount of repetition to carry him all the way to the end. Day-Day Jones is still the same wimpy excuse for a character, though he has less complaining to do this time around. Instead, he takes the job of a bodyguard alongside Craig Jones and uses a pretentious mimicry of ghetto attitude as the intended source of his comedy. It's more tolerable this time around, but it's hardly anything to be proud of.
On the lighter side. John Witherspoon's screen time is given a significant decrease in comparison to Next Friday which means that his gimmicks are not as overused, rendering him a funnier character this time around. The material is still too poor to let him do anything of much effective grace, but his cameo at least manage to carry some level of entertainment value which is one of the few things still relating to the originality of the first Friday.
The supporting performance by Terry Crews is one of the most entertaining aspects of Friday After Next. Considering the extent of success Terry Crews has achieved in his many films of recent years, it's enjoyable to look back and see him as a star in the making with his brief role in Friday After Next. Portraying a very heavily stereotypical character, Terry Crews diverts expectations with his moments of masculine homosexuality, including having him dancing in front of the television in his boxer shorts. The momentary sight of this is hilarious amid a collection of laugh-less gags. Terry Crews manages to stand out as one of the few funny things in Friday After Next.

Friday After Next's rare moments of comic appeal still attain a higher standard than its predecessor, but it nevertheless remains a repetitive and lacklustre comedy with so little relevance to the original Friday that it easily drifts into forgettable territory.
½ December 17, 2015
This one's below the bottom of the barrel. With one character attempting to rape another character while he does his best to run away, that's just flat-out disturbing and not the slightest bit funny. After this one, hopefully there won't be another Friday movie.
June 18, 2015
The first was a hoot but the two following show none of the originals humor or feel.
½ June 4, 2015
There's no point in watching this awful comedy sequel.
May 30, 2015
Friday After Next is a nice final installment to the Friday series, and I enjoyed it. The plot is pretty simple, but the movie is all over the place. This is the worst in the series, but I am not hating on it at all, it was funny at times.
April 24, 2015
still brings da funny.
April 15, 2015
Nearly as good as the one before with the same comedy style and to see Johnny Witherspoon interact with Don DC Curry is hysterical!
March 30, 2015
Love this movie. All haters can GTFO
February 24, 2015
'What are you doing in my house, eating a big-ass sandwich and shit'. ???
½ January 29, 2015
this movie is off the chain its funny
½ December 30, 2014
Friday After Next (2002)

This is the third in Ice Cube's Friday franchise and one of my favorites. :-) Not only is it a funny druggy comedy and blacksploitation movie, but a cool Christmas movie too. Craig Jones (Cube) and his cousin Day Day (Mike Epps) have just had their apartment ripped off and have no rent money or Christmas presents. They are forced to work as security guards at the strip mall that their parents have a BBQ restaurant at. I love the slogan, "So good, it makes you wanna slap yo mama!"

Here, they meet all sorts of funny characters and get into some crazy situations. This is a movie worth seeing, if anything to get you in the Christmas spirit. :-)
November 24, 2014
Brilliant... An all time classic favourite of mine.
½ November 22, 2014
As with Next Friday, Friday After Next does not hold a candle to the first film but offers plenty of good laughs, with Katt Williams (Money Mike) standing out as the most hilarious, colorful presence of the movie.
Super Reviewer
September 29, 2014
Sheer senselessness and a bogus plot. Friday After Next is a somewhat disappointing installment that doesn't live up to the hype or excitement as the previous films. Ice Cube, Mike Epps and the gang continue to provide laughter and ridiculous gags, but it's more provoking rather than memorable. 3/5
September 27, 2014
Gotta finish off the series.
May 11, 2014
Nearly as good as the one before with the same comedy style and to see Johnny Witherspoon interact with Don DC Curry is hysterical!
May 3, 2014
Still funny, but lacks the effective response of the first film.
February 20, 2014
Despite the series going down the toilet in terms of story and recycling the same thing over and over, the sequels up the crazy factor enough to still make these enjoyable. Cube and Epps are back, this time they are back in the hood and need rent or they will get evicted. So they take up jobs at a strip mall to do security. It has a crazy cast of characters from Katt Williams (when he was still tolerable) to Terry Crews as the guy fresh out of prison looking for new fish. The story takes a back seat here and is really nothing more than an excuse for the action on screen. Despite that, it's still incredibly funny and somehow works despite the non-existent plot.
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