Friday

Friday

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Director: F. Gary Gray

Cast: F. Gary Gray, Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long

     
 

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Hard-core rapper Ice Cube, after appearing in such hard-hitting films as Boyz 'N the Hood and Higher Learning, played his first comic role in this picture he co-wrote with frequent musical collaborator DJ Pooh. Craig (Ice Cube) manages to get fired on his day off (though he claims it's through no fault of his own) and spends the day hanging out with hisSee more details below

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Hard-core rapper Ice Cube, after appearing in such hard-hitting films as Boyz 'N the Hood and Higher Learning, played his first comic role in this picture he co-wrote with frequent musical collaborator DJ Pooh. Craig (Ice Cube) manages to get fired on his day off (though he claims it's through no fault of his own) and spends the day hanging out with his buddy Smokey (Chris Tucker) and trying to avoid his father (John Witherspoon), who wants him to find another job immediately. Smokey (whose name might have something to do with his tremendous fondness for marijuana) has even more serious problems; he was given $200 worth of weed to sell by Big Worm (Faizon Love), but he ended up smoking it instead, and if he can't come up with the money by the end of the day, he'll be in a world of hurt (and will put Craig in the same place just for being his friend). And Deebo (Tom "Tiny" Lister, Jr.), a gargantuan bully who roams the neighborhood on his bicycle, has it in for Craig, while Craig tries his best just to stay out of his way. As one would expect, Friday features a strong hip-hop soundtrack, featuring tracks by such artists as Dr. Dre, Cypress Hill, Mack 10, and Funkdoobiest, as well as old-school R&B selections from The Isley Brothers, Roger, and Rose Royce.

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The "hood," so often the setting for dramas about gang violence and racial intolerance, gets a winning comedic makeover in Friday, the surprise hit that launched the film career of comedian Chris Tucker. Tucker's manic torrent of dialogue works well alongside Ice Cube's put-upon exasperation, making for a memorable comic chemistry that carries the pair through a month's worth of shenanigans packed into a single wild day. Tucker may get the belly laughs, but Cube's straight man makes them possible, serving as the viewer's surrogate and a reluctant accomplice to Tucker's tactless trash talking. Cube deserves credit not only for his increasingly subtle acting, but also for a deft screenplay that zeroes in on the false machismo of its characters, while also revealing their underlying good humor. Cube doesn't deny that the threat of an imminent ass-kicking is the prime motivator in this environment, but he suggests that a lot of it is for show, and ultimately, these guys just want to have a good time. Centered around pot smoking, Friday has become a cult favorite among stoners, especially those who subscribe to Smokey's theory that the best way to spend an unprogrammed Friday is to light up a joint. After this confident debut, F. Gary Gray moved away from comedy, directing the crime thrillers Set It Off (1996) and The Negotiator (1998).

Product Details

Release Date:
09/08/2009
UPC:
0794043131592
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
22,496

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ice Cube Craig
Chris Tucker Smokey
Nia Long Debbie
Tommy "Tiny" Lister Deebo
John Witherspoon Mr. Jones
Anna Maria Horsford Mrs. Jones
Regina King Dana
Paula Jai Parker Joi
Faizon Love Big Worm
Angela Means Felisha
Vickilyn Reynolds Joann
Ronn Riser Stanley
Kathleen Bradley Mrs. Parker
Tony Cox Mr. Parker
Anthony Johnson Ezal
Bernie Mac Pastor Cleaver
Yvette Wilson Rita
Reynaldo Rey Red's Father
LaWanda Page Old Lady

Technical Credits
F. Gary Gray Director
W.E. Baker Co-producer
Maria Baker Set Decoration/Design
Shawn Barton Costumes/Costume Designer
Bruce Bellamy Production Designer
Jaki Brown-Karman Casting
John Carter Editor
Pat Charbonnet Producer
Ice Cube Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Robert Davenport Musical Direction/Supervision
Frank Fitzpatrick Musical Direction/Supervision
Kimberly Hardin Casting
Hidden Faces Score Composer
Gerry Lively Cinematographer
Leonard Marcel Musical Direction/Supervision
DJ Pooh Screenwriter
Bryan Turner Executive Producer
Dwight Alonzo Williams Asst. Director

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New featurette Friday: Straight Up (In HD); Introduction by Ice Cube; Additional scenes; Q&A interviews with director F. Gary Gray and producer Patricia Charbonnet; 2 music videos: Ice Cube's Friday and Dr. Dre's Keep Their Heads Ringin'; Theatrical trailers

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