FridayDirector: F. Gary Gray
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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- New Line Home Video
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Cast & Crew
|Tommy "Tiny" Lister||Deebo|
|John Witherspoon||Mr. Jones|
|Anna Maria Horsford||Mrs. Jones|
|Paula Jai Parker||Joi|
|Faizon Love||Big Worm|
|Kathleen Bradley||Mrs. Parker|
|Tony Cox||Mr. Parker|
|Bernie Mac||Pastor Cleaver|
|Reynaldo Rey||Red's Father|
|LaWanda Page||Old Lady|
|F. Gary Gray||Director|
|Maria Baker||Set Decoration/Design|
|Shawn Barton||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Bruce Bellamy||Production Designer|
|Ice Cube||Executive Producer,Screenwriter|
|Robert Davenport||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Frank Fitzpatrick||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Hidden Faces||Score Composer|
|Leonard Marcel||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Bryan Turner||Executive Producer|
|Dwight Alonzo Williams||Asst. Director|
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I've seen this movie many and I mean many times. It’s very funny and it simply shouldn't be analyzed. A plot doesn't exist in this comedy, nor is this a character-driven vehicle, but it's a wild ride from start to finish without much of a high budget. “Friday” is an urban comedy that depicts a single day in the life of Craig (Ice Cube), who has just been fired on his day off. Craig's off day consists of interactions with various characters in the neighborhood. They include his cantankerous dad (John Witherspoon) his lovable mother (Anna Maria Horsford) his sister Dana (Regina King) his spoilt girlfriend Joi (Paula Jai Parker) his love interest (Nia Long) Deebo (Tiny "Zeus" Lister Jr.) the hulking neighborhood bully Big Worm (Faizon Love) the neighborhood gangster and his token friend Smokey (Chris Tucker). There's not a lot that can be said about the acting and most of the help comes from the supporting characters. Such as, Chris Tucker who steals the show with his landmark role as ultra-pothead Smokey. Tucker has that unrelenting comic energy that only a comedian of supreme talent can possess. Even when the film falls flat, he picks you back up. I also have to commend John Witherspoon, as Ice Cube's father. I loved him on "The Wayans Bros." and I loved him in this movie. Though I was laughing most of the time, the gags are indeed crude--very crude. And sometimes that crudeness just wears out. Luckily, it's not too often, and there are some memorable lines and memorable moments in "Friday." I feel as though this is one of the better movies about the hood. It’ really more than just a comedy instead it puts forth a deeper meaning in life. It is about facing one's fears and becoming a man. In one scene, the father sees Craig with a gun and tells him that holding a gun won't make him man it's having the courage to fight with his fists that will. Now, I know this doesn't sound like the greatest thing for a parent to be telling his kid, but in the projects fighting with one's hands instead of picking up a gun is courageous. This movie is great to own as well as the Ice Cube-based sound track.
This is a f**king good movie, it's great. It is the greatest movie I have ever seen. its a must seen movie.
This is a great movie. It is hilarious. I love it. You have got to rent or buy this movie, AND YOU KNOW THISSS MAN!
Man, If you ever want to see something original and something that you will remember forever, this is the movie that you want to watch. Hilarious. You will start knowing the words off the top of your head.
rent it, buy it, borrow it, steal it, i don't care so long as you see it, this film is hilarious
This movie will forever be on my all time favorite list. It was hilarious! The sequels were good but they can't compare to this one because it had Chris Tucker in it. Holla!
No matter how hard you try, Chris Tucker will make you cringe with laughter throughout the whole movie. As this ghetto satire about two young men speding their friday afternoon braving the mean streets unfold, you'll wish you could rewind each scene faster. That is just how funny this movie truly is, Buy it today, you won't be sorry.
I love it. Classic on Blu-Ray. Couldn't get better. Will they ever bring Scarface on Blu-Ray?