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Friday

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

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 his

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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:
24,828

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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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Friday 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen this movie many and I mean many times. It&#8217;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. &#8220;Friday&#8221; 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&#8217; 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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
rent it, buy it, borrow it, steal it, i don't care so long as you see it, this film is hilarious
Sheena-Baby More than 1 year ago
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!
Mac_Los_99 More than 1 year ago
I love it. Classic on Blu-Ray. Couldn't get better. Will they ever bring Scarface on Blu-Ray?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a f**king good movie, it's great. It is the greatest movie I have ever seen. its a must seen movie.
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