I got mind control over Deebo. He be like “shut the f**k up.” I be quiet. But when he leave, I be talking again. -Smokey
Posted By Heather On 07 Feb 2009. Under 1995, 4 Stars (Phenomenal), Comedy Tags: Ana Marie Horsford, Bernie mac, Chris Tucker, Comedy, DJ Pooh, F. Gary Gray, Faizon Love, Friday, Ice Cube, John Witherspoon, Movie Review, Movies, Nia Long, Regina King, Tommy "Tiny" Lister
Rated R for pervasive strong language and drug use, and for a brutal fight.
Directed By: F. Gary Gray
Written By: Ice Cube and DJ Pooh
Staring: Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Tommy “Tiny” Lister, John Witherspoon, Ana Marie Horsford, Regina King, Bernie Mac, and Faizon Love
Craig and Smokey are two guys in Los Angeles hanging out on their porch on a Friday afternoon, smoking and drinking…
Friday is a movie that shows a day in life of living in South Central, Los Angeles. Threw a slew of drug related jokes, a cornucopia of hilarious moments involving drive by’s and a neighborhood bully, Friday remains a light hearted movie that incites laughter on a constant basis throughout it’s ninety one minutes of story telling. Ice Cube claims this light hearted version of the hood was a film made to counter the violent, dark films about growing up in the ghetto, like Menace II Society or Boyz In The Hood. He wanted people to know that living through poverty wasn’t all misery and violence, and that like every neighborhood it had its charm.
Ice Cube, the writer, and F. Gary Gray actually shot the film in Gray’s old neighborhood in South Central. Together Chris Tucker and Ice Cube make a dynamic creation of two different brands of comedy, with buddy chemistry so real it’s got to be real. The characters are vibrant and alive, including a giant neighborhood bully named Deebo, a crackhead named Ezal, a naughty reverend (Bernie Mac), a crazy jealous girlfriend with bad extensions, a nosey neighbor that doesn’t like people to touch his grass, a ice cream man that’s a pot dealer, the hoochie across the street, to the hottie you have a crush on but are too scared to ask out. Just by description they are funny, and once they interact it becomes gut busting hilarious.
Friday is one of my favorite comedies of all time. Each time I watch it, it gets funnier. It strikes up a great nostalgia for the days of being young, broke and having nothing to do but chill with your friends, who might be moderately crazy. Perhaps being the most quotable film ever, Friday is simply too much fun to not love. It’s relateable every day humor, and goofy references to drugs, family, and even an anti-gun message makes this an unforgettable piece of movie fun to put in your DVD collection.
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