Next Day Air (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

Next Day Air (2009)



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

Movie Info

An overnight drug shipment is sent to the wrong recipient, prompting a frantic race to recover the package before the contents are revealed in this fast-paced crime comedy starring Donald Faison, Mos Def, and Mike Epps. When Brody (Epps) and Guch (Wood Harris) receive a package containing ten kilos of grade-A cocaine, they assume their financial woes are a thing of the past. The package was intended for their next-door neighbors, but the whacked-out courier (Donald Faison) delivered it to the wrong address. Recognizing the possibility for profit, Brody and Guch plan 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.more
Rating: R (for pervasive language, drug content, some violence and brief sexuality)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Blair Cobbs, Blair Cobb
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 15, 2009
Box Office: $10.0M
Summit Entertainment - Official Site


Mike Epps
as Brody
Donald Faison
as Leo Jackson
Debbie Allen
as Ms. Jackson
Sundy Carter
as On Scene News Report...
Madison Shockley
as Old Man #1
Kevin Benton
as Old Man #2
Alexandra Merejo
as Shavoo's Girl
Christina Ly
as Kera's Friend
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Critic Reviews for Next Day Air

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (25)

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.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 13, 2009
Village Voice
Top Critic

I've seen much funnier films from Mike Epps.

Full Review… | May 11, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

An amusing tail of incompetent criminals.

Full Review… | May 11, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 8, 2009
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Far from the worst of Taran tino knockoffs, Next Day Air takes the standard formula of dimwits chasing bags of drugs to the 'hood.

Full Review… | May 8, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Next Day Air


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 Weber

Super Reviewer

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

Next Day Air is one of the more underrated films in 2009. That doesn't mean it's a masterpiece, but it was highly entertaining. It's like an African American Guy Ritchie film. The plot centers around a large package of cocaine that is wrongfully delivered to a couple of wanna-be gangsters/drug dealers. Hilarity ensues as the package's owner tries to recover his goods which follows a twisty plot and ends in an epic standoff.This is by no means the greatest film of the year, but it's definitely a fun and entertaining rental.

Derek A

Super Reviewer

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