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

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Delivery man Leo Jackson (Donald Faison) is definitely on the wrong road to success. He still lives at home, he and his girlfriend just broke up, and he has multiple complaints stacked against him at work. Fortunately, Leo has plenty of marijuana to keep his mind off his troubles. But when he accidentally delivers a box of cocaine to the wrong address, Leo finds himself in the middle of a bad deal that may just cost him his life.

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  • 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-
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  • 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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