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Next Friday
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by Chef ADogg

"Much more than the sum of its parts."
3 stars

It opens with a goony flashback and features a running joke involving John Witherspoon, a garden hose, and a big steaming pile of poo. It rocks anyway, dammit.

Put your hands in the air like this was a Snoop Dogg concert if you loved "Friday," the 1995 sleeper hit that made a star out of Chris Tucker and inspired teeangers all across the country to spark a blunt, drink a 40, and dream about beating the bejesus out of the neighborhood bully. (sound of hands raising) Now keep those hands in the air if you were gung-ho for Ice Cube to make a sequel about moving to the suburbs and battling out some brawny Mexican eses. (sound of hands dropping)

My thoughts exactly, people. Did "Friday" really *need* a sequel? Well, the film centered around the marijuana addled exploits of two minor hoodlums over one long day--you tell me if it screamed out for a second installment.

After seeing the new movie, am I glad Cube did it anyway? Hell yes. God bless his prickly, money-grubbing soul. He may have become a hilariously bad, self-serious rapper in the last few years (check out the "War" disc if you doubt me), but he hasn't lost his touch when it comes to fashioning natural, day-in-the-life ghetto comedy.

"Next Friday" is the funniest movie to come down the pike in quite some time. It takes a little while to heat up (the first half of the film is almost all exposition), but once it does it goes off like a big red firecracker. We watch as Cube heads off to the suburbs to escape prison-escapee Debo, the bully whose ass he whomped in the first film.

He moves in with his Uncle Elroy and cousin Day-Day, who are living the good life after their big lottery win. The 'burbs are presented as the promised land--a sparkling oasis of peace where sirens don't blare and bullets don't fly. Just the kind of place we want to see Cube destroy.

And destroy he does, with hilarious results. The main conflict centers around Cube's attempts to tap some gorgeous Latina ass--tell me that ain't a classic scenario. He also hatches a plot to steal enough money from said booty's gang-banging brothers to pay his uncle's back taxes, probably the second oldest plot in history.

It's all made fresh by the performances and general energy of the film. As much as I wouldn't want to be Mike Epps (who, as Day-Day, has the near-impossible job of replacing Chris Tucker as Cube's whiny, high strung sidekick), he does a pretty bang up job--he's a surprisingly versatile comedian, able to make tired "playa" schtickery seem funny and new. John Witherspoon doesn't have as much screen time here as did in the first one, but he still gets the laughs--I'm not sure exactly what it is, but there's something inherently funnny about a wrinkly old man with big lips who carries a can of air-freshener everywhere he goes.

Steve Carr's direction is, *ahem*, minimal. Now, some of you may laugh at me for this, but I thought F. Gary Gray did an alright job in the original "Friday"--it wasn't exactly Oscar-caliber stuff, but he had a sense of style, he knew what he was doing with the camera. You can't really say that for Carr; he honed his skills making music videos for MTV, and it shows.

And he's white! I'm not saying that they should have gotten Spike Lee, but it would have been nice to see someone with an actual feel for urban life behind the camera.

"Next Friday" isn't a classic. The acting is spotty, the script is patchy, and the direction doesn't even deserve it's own adjective. But the film is funny nonetheless. I can't explain it. I can only give it three stars.

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User Comments

8/02/09 Rachel Was not impressed. 2 stars
5/24/09 Kiyer This movie is funny as hell 4 stars
1/14/09 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
2/06/07 lorraine man this movies was the happs i dnt know what the rest of these people tlking about 5 stars
3/31/06 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
2/08/05 Jeff Anderson Nonstop barrage of stereotypes destroys what so called fun this lazy & vulgar comedy has!!! 1 stars
12/08/04 Kristina Williams where's smokey? 2 stars
11/10/04 colin chandler pinky makes tha movie happen 5 stars
1/16/04 J It was funny sort of. Come on bring back Christ Tucker! 3 stars
1/07/04 A F Has anyone heard of the House Party fiasco. JUST STOP! 1 stars
8/02/03 Double G funny 4 stars
7/12/03 nick g the frist one was better cuz of chris tucker 5 stars
5/27/03 your worse goddamn nightmare Thee best of the "Friday trilogy"... # 1 & 3 sucked in comparison... 4 stars
3/19/03 kelly wolfey it was good 1 stars
3/13/03 Mike Oxlong was good 4 stars
12/31/02 Jack Sommersby As dull as the original was gloriously alive. 2 stars
8/07/02 Obi Wan No Chris Tucker, No Stars!!!! How dare you!!!!! 1 stars
5/10/02 Kyle If theres any proof there's no intelligent life on Earth, it's either George Dubya or this. 1 stars
3/25/02 P.Rodriguez Hey ese don't bag dis movie hey? Or me and baby joker will kill U? 5 stars
3/06/02 dannywell fucking awsome 5 stars
3/05/02 Veronica Foxx aka The Raven-Haired Temptress Well, a step down from the first, mainly because of the absence of Chris Tucker. 4 stars
11/16/01 Shane Robert Myers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man! it would have been funny if Chris Tucker was in!! 3 stars
9/17/01 Mr. Hat It's like watching ComicView for an hour and a half..... :( 2 stars
9/02/01 Butterbean Disapointing sequal. I hated that whiny bitch ass Day-Day. 2 stars
5/21/01 Eric great followup,one of my favorite sequels 5 stars
5/11/01 Chris I think that this film is one of the greatest films! 5 stars
1/20/01 dog funny 5 stars
11/28/00 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
4/23/00 Ryan WOW... i didnt think it was possible to make a movie worse then FRIDAY 1 stars
2/22/00 Darvin D First really funny movie I've seen in a while. 5 stars
1/25/00 Zaw Oo Go see it! really funny. 5 stars
1/17/00 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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