Next Day Air

2009

Next Day Air

Critics Consensus

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

21%

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Total Count: 66

31%

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User Ratings: 167,354
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An overnight shipment of drugs winds up being sent to the wrong recipient, prompting a frantic race to recover the package before the contents are discovered in this fast-paced crime comedy starring Donald Faison, Mos Def, and Mike Epps. When Brody (Epps) and Guch (Wood Harris) received package containing 10 kilos of grade-A cocaine, they assumed their financial woes were a thing of the past. The package was intended for their Brody and Guch's next-door neighbors, but the whacked-out courier (Donald Faison) delivered it to the wrong address. Recognizing the possibility for profit, the scheming duo plans to sell the cocaine to Brody's drug-dealing cousin (Omari Hardwick). Meanwhile Jesus (Cisco Reyes) and his girlfriend Chita (Yasmin Deliz), the intended recipients of the cocaine, set out to procure the package before notorious drug lord Bodego Diablo (Emilio Rivera) realizes it's gone missing. But Bodega is no slouch; he already knows the shipment was botched, and he's determined to get his drugs back no matter what the cost. Later, as Brody and Guch prepare to seal the deal that will set them up for life, the guns are drawn and the chaos begins.

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Critic Reviews for Next Day Air

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (24)

  • 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 | Rating: 2/4
  • 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…
  • I've seen much funnier films from Mike Epps.

    May 11, 2009 | Full Review…
  • An amusing tail of incompetent criminals.

    May 11, 2009
  • 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 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Next Day Air

  • Feb 28, 2011
    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.
    Chris W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 08, 2011
    The plot is about a drug deal gone wrong. Using an ordinary delivery service, a ruthless drug lord from California named Bodega (Emilio Rivera) ships ten bricks of high grade cocaine to Philadelphia. It was supposed to be delivered to Jesus (Cisco Reyes) and his girlfriend, Chita (Yasmin Deliz), but a stoned courier named Leo (Donald Faison) inadvertently drops it off at the apartment further down the hall. It's now in the possession of three bumbling wannabe gangsters: Brody (Mike Epps), Guch (Wood Harris), and Hassie (Malik Barnhardt). While Hassie spends most of the film asleep on the couch, Brody and Guch quickly decide to get rich off the bricks by selling them to Brody's drug dealer cousin, Shavoo (Omari Hardwick) and his tightlipped bodyguard (Darius McCrary). But these fools have no clue that their neighbors down the hall -- the REAL gangster and his feisty girlfriend are connected to the Mexican mob and will do whatever it takes to recover their package. The film delivers tense action and laughs in alternate bursts and many moments are genuinely funny, in a blatant screwball way.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2010
    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-
    Richard C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2010
    Damaged package Next Day Air reaches for the sky, but cannot rise above being lower than a gutter snake’s belly. Aspiring to be as clever a caper as something Guy Ritchie might dream up after watching a Friday marathon, the flick knows what boxes it needs to check off to meet such expectations. There are wannabe gangsters, real gangsters, a MacGuffin switcheroo, and a climax that unceremoniously – and bloodily - ties everything together. Despite a clever hook, however, this small con is never the real rocknrolla. Though its winning cast actually gives the substandard material a fighting chance, the movie is simply a pawnshop rip-off. In the R-rated comedy Next Day Air, hi-jinks ensue when two parcel deliverymen (Faison, Dante ‘Mos Def’ Smith) accidentally deliver a package of grade-A cocaine to an apartment full of bumbling criminals (Epps, etc.). When a drug lord (Emilio Rivera) finds out that his package is missing, his knuckle-dragging underlings pull out all the stops to find it. Epps, Faison, Smith, and everybody else involved seem to be having the time of their lives…if only the audience could relate. Each actor tries to make the most out of this low-rent situation. There are a few laugh-out-loud moments provided by the neat-o set-up (stoned deliveryman, right package, wrong address) but the knock-off script struggles hard to be as witty and badass as, say, Snatch. The simpleton serpentine plotlines awkwardly come together in the third act…but the merger is never a smooth ride. It is a forced collision that frankly leaves moviegoers feeling robbed. Bottom Line: Poor delivery.
    Jeff B Super Reviewer

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