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Awesome: 17.5%
Worth A Look: 16.25%
Average: 10%
Pretty Bad38.75%
Total Crap: 17.5%

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Next Friday
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by EricDSnider

"A sequel no one asked for. Fittingly, it's not very good."
2 stars

When the world loves a film so much that the masses clamor for a sequel, Hollywood is quick to oblige! This is also true even if no one was clamoring for a sequel, which was surely the case with "Friday," a sleeper hit taking place in the 'hood from a few years ago.

But now we have "Next Friday," an embarrassingly unfunny drug comedy that makes Cheech & Chong's drug comedies look funny by comparison. It seems that urban black fellow Craig (Ice Cube, who also scripted, though I use the term loosely) beat up a guy named Debo (Tommy "Tiny" Lester), who apparently had it coming and who in fact went to jail. He swore revenge on Craig, though, and now he and his stupid prison-pal Tyrone (Sticky Fingas), whose main purpose in the movie is to be hit on the head, have escaped from the L.A. County Jail. (They do this in broad daylight, by the way, still shackled together at the ankles.)

In order to protect his son, Craig's dad (John Witherspoon), a dog-catcher who falls in dog poop at the beginning of the movie and does not clean it off his clothes until the end, sends Craig to live with his rich relatives in Rancho Cucamonga. But trouble seems to find Craig wherever he goes: He falls for Karla (Lisa Rodriguez), the gorgeous sister of a trio of Mexican gangsters who live in the same cul-de-sac as Craig's uncle and cousin. One of these Mexicans, it should be noted, is later seen wearing nothing but a jock strap with a bow-tie on the front. Allegedly, this is funny.

I believe there is a plot somewhere in all this in which Craig and his cousin Day-Day (Mike Epps) believe the Mexicans to be in possession of a lot of drug money, and it seems like Day-Day is being harassed by a woman who claims he fathered her unborn child. But I couldn't say for sure. What I recall most vividly is that the whole gang sits down to smoke pot with a frequency and lack of provocation usually reserved for sex scenes in porno movies. Hey, the mail's here, let's smoke pot. Hey, it's a Friday, let's smoke pot. Hey, I have some pot, let's smoke pot.

There are a few chuckles in the movie. Day-Day's impression of his ex-girlfriend's fat sister is quite amusing (it sounds like she's coughing when really she's just breathing), and, um, there must have been something else, too. Can't think of it now. All I remember is all the unfunny stuff, like the foul-mouthed Chinese neighbor and the weird sex toys Craig's uncle has, and the way Craig's uncle's new wife keeps trying to mount Craig. (She's played by Kym E. Whitley, though you'll probably think it's Jackee, and you might as well be right, I mean who cares, really?) Oh, and someone gives a dog a brownie laced with pot.

I'll give the film this: Except for the drug use, it's relatively harmless. The sexism, racism and rampant violence you usually find in movies about the 'hood are not here; the filmmakers, while crude and foul-mouthed, at least don't seem to have had any axes to grind or political statements to make. That doesn't make the film enjoyable, but at least it keeps it out of the "harmful" category.

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User Comments

8/03/09 Rachel Was not impressed. 2 stars
5/25/09 Kiyer This movie is funny as hell 4 stars
1/15/09 Shaun Wallner Hilarious Movie! 5 stars
8/26/07 Isuru HEy this movie was funny as hell!! i dont know wht da rest of ya thinkin!! review sukz!! 5 stars
2/07/07 lorraine man this movies was the happs i dnt know what the rest of these people tlking about 5 stars
4/01/06 Tanya ba, they needed to chris tucker 2 stars
5/26/05 Daniel Just awesome, one of my favourite movies. I liked the first one better though. Still awesum 5 stars
2/09/05 Jeff Anderson Nonstop barrage of stereotypes destroys what so called fun this lazy & vulgar comedy has!!! 1 stars
12/09/04 Kristina Williams where's smokey? 2 stars
11/11/04 colin chandler pinky makes tha movie happen 5 stars
1/17/04 J It was funny sort of. Come on bring back Christ Tucker! 3 stars
1/08/04 A F Has anyone heard of the House Party fiasco. JUST STOP! 1 stars
8/03/03 Double G funny 4 stars
7/13/03 nick g the frist one was better cuz of chris tucker 5 stars
5/28/03 your worse goddamn nightmare Thee best of the "Friday trilogy"... # 1 & 3 sucked in comparison... 4 stars
3/20/03 kelly wolfey it was good 1 stars
3/14/03 Mike Oxlong was good 4 stars
1/01/03 Jack Sommersby As dull as the original was gloriously alive. 2 stars
8/08/02 Obi Wan No Chris Tucker, No Stars!!!! How dare you!!!!! 1 stars
5/11/02 Kyle If theres any proof there's no intelligent life on Earth, it's either George Dubya or this. 1 stars
3/26/02 P.Rodriguez Hey ese don't bag dis movie hey? Or me and baby joker will kill U? 5 stars
3/07/02 dannywell fucking awsome 5 stars
3/06/02 Veronica Foxx aka The Raven-Haired Temptress Well, a step down from the first, mainly because of the absence of Chris Tucker. 4 stars
11/17/01 Shane Robert Myers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man! it would have been funny if Chris Tucker was in!! 3 stars
9/18/01 Mr. Hat It's like watching ComicView for an hour and a half..... :( 2 stars
9/03/01 Butterbean Disapointing sequal. I hated that whiny bitch ass Day-Day. 2 stars
5/22/01 Eric great followup,one of my favorite sequels 5 stars
5/12/01 Chris I think that this film is one of the greatest films! 5 stars
1/21/01 dog funny 5 stars
11/29/00 The Evil Penguin Shameless sequel to "Friday" 2 stars
7/23/00 Dimlight Makes the original look like The Godfather. 1 stars
6/10/00 The Bomb 69 few laugh out loud parts but script was all over the place 4 stars
4/24/00 Ryan WOW... i didnt think it was possible to make a movie worse then FRIDAY 1 stars
2/23/00 Darvin D First really funny movie I've seen in a while. 5 stars
1/26/00 Zaw Oo Go see it! really funny. 5 stars
1/18/00 Karean Peterson Funny, but not as funny as the first Friday!! 4 stars
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  12-Jan-2000 (R)


  27-Jul-2000 (MA)

Directed by
  Steve Carr

Written by
  Ice Cube

  Ice Cube
  Mike Epps
  Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr.
  John Witherspoon
  Don Curry

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