Friday After Next (2002)
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From one of the worst roommates, Dey Dey,(Epps Jr.) to Pinky their ex-boss, to Pops and uncle, doing restaurant bar-BBQ together(and arguing and fighting, all the way)right on down to the landlord and one of the biggest 'problems' these two have had (Damon) since, well...since 'FRIDAY' 1995 when Chris Tucker was riding with Cube, and Deebo was troubling' em'!!
The two police officers I won't soon forget, A.Hole and B. Dix when it came time to bring the PO' PO' into it, these two were all in all. Christmas time is here and unfortunately so is the ghetto thugs, out rippin' and stealin' everything in sight, including Dey Dey and Craig's stuff even out the refrigerator. They're broker den broke, and you can't 'beat' that with Michael Jackson!
I went back and saw this a few more times before it left the theater because frankly, it was worth it. Ms. K.D. Aubert, was a lovely and wondrous addition to this Miss-L-toe mantra in the ghetto. This was accompanied by a ghetto-fabulous soundtrack! Mary J Blige was my favorite of all, 'Family Affair' was R&B soul-delicious!! And in all, as Mary would say, Jesus is the reason for the season all the way!
I really love it when Ice Cube puts his writer's cap on and brings out yet another gem of a good-times movie.
I recommend this to Ice Cube and Mike Epps fans, because they take it and bake the cake and steal the show.
Good team playing' y'all! Here's to another fun-filled two hours down the hood comedy road. I'll be waiting. Until then, (****) four out of four.
This movie was so hilarious and topped the second installment but could never surpass the original "Friday" simply because of Chris Tucker who played Craig's best friend Smokey. I will definitely go and see this movie again and again until its available to own on DVD. Maybe if there's a fourth "Friday" Chris Tucker can join Ice Cube and the hilarious Mike Epps. I would love to see those three together.
This suburban white boy is a huge fan of Cube, so I had fun just the same. Things just seemed... I don't know... disconnected. Granted the first two films didn't have a strong plot, but this one was a little thinner. The situations were funny, but they weren't as funny often times as I thought they could be.
In short, I'm glad I saw it and yucked it up. I certainly needed the laughs, but there could have been more of them and not so spaced apart. Finally, I thought the opening sequence was cute, but perhaps too cute, and it certainly seemed to drag on just a little too much.
Enjoy it, it's worth the money, but maybe at the cheapie show, which is where I fear it will be in a few weeks...
Craig and Day Day have jobs as security men in a strip mall and they find themselves being tormented by their land lady for the rent money. When Day Day abuses his power of security and has men go after him for throwing their grandmothers off the corner, he and Craig are fired. They decide to throw a party to pay the rent money by charging party fees and Craig does fall for another woman, but she's a bit harder to get than the others.
I loved the pimp and Damon's characters, they were just so funny, especially coming out of the party with Damon's partners in a clamp! You'll have to watch the movie to see what I mean. I highly recommend Friday After Next to anyone, it's a great movie that I honestly had a good time laughing with and I am not ashamed to admit that, I don't get the low rating, because this was a fun movie. Please, don't judge so harshly, you'll find yourself loving every joke better and better.
You won't find much difference in this Friday. Turning the series on its ear and giving it a fresh new spin with the Christmas theme seemed like an intriguing idea. Did it work? Hells yeah. With the uncontrollable Mike Epps once again playing the crazy sidekick to Cube's Craig, Chris Tucker seems like a distant memory. Out goes the semi-seriousness of the first one about the reality of the hood, and in comes the all out craziness that solidified the second. The only memorable characters in this one are Money Mike and Damon. If you're a fan of the series, by all means, rent it.
By the end of the movie, you'll ponder if this was the best way to close out the trilogy. Was it as funny as they could make it? Memorable? With a stronger script and more reigned-in performances, it could have been. Average at best. But let's hope Cube ends it here.
Most of the characters from the first two film and their idiosyncrancies are back, like Craig's father and his bladder problems. There's also Maz Jobrani's Moly, playing a stereotypical Asian character whose broken English was a gas! Probably even more hilarious is the sheer sight of Katt Williams' Money Mike who plays someone that is a cross between Snoop Dogg and Spike Lee. Also, I just loved the wardrobe; I'd love to get a pimptastic suit. Ice Cube is good here, as he plays the only normal character in a world full of crazy people; I could feel for him. The acting was overdone, but it was done like this on purpose and so I could accept it, besides, the dialogue was funny. Ice Cube has a superb sense of humour. It's only about 82 minutes, so it doesn't overstay its welcome, either.
And once again, Craig proves you don't have to be overly handsome to get the ladies. Very good comedy!
I can enjoy almost any movie, and pride myself on being able to see something interesting in even the worst, like "Video Dead." But this type of black exploitation film is too great a challenge. Yes, it was funny in spots, but it was the kind of humor that debases the laugher. Yes, it is great to laugh at ourselves and there's some latitude when the performers are of the same group as the target.
Ostensibly, this is a Black "Clerks." But I feel like a smaller person after an experience like this. That shouldn't be.
Ted's evaluation: 1 of 3 -- You can probably find something better to do with this part of your life.
My favorite part in the movie was when Money Mike said:
"Speaking of cockroaches, where were your antennas when them ****** were stealing my ****?" "I didn't see them steal anything" "Well, use your eyes next time. Look. They ain't just supposed to be hazel, they supposed to do some god**** work around here. I don't do this for play. I don't do this for fun." "I'm sorry" "Don't be sorry, hoe, be careful. Lord Jesus....you know what? I am tired of your presence. Dismissed!"
After that, Craig and Day Day head for work. That's right, the impossible has happened. They finally have jobs. They work as security guards at the outlet mall where their fathers have gone into business. Willie Jones is no longer a dogcatcher and together with his brother Elroy have opened a place called Brothers Barbecue: Taste So Good, Make You Wanna Slap Your Mama; The boys were employed by a man named Moly who ran the entire outlet mall and was the proprietor of fly-infested Holy Moly Donuts; Craig and Day Day spent most of the morning arguing in their security booth. Then, Day Day accosted and cursed at some old ladies for singing Christmas carols, and did the same thing to some kids in front of the toy store. But then, outside of the Pimps & Hos clothing store, Craig saw a very pretty girl named Donna. He attempted to hit on her, but unfortunately Day Day had the same idea, so it didn't go too smoothly; Day Day and Craig go out back on their break and have a joint. Elroy joins them, just then they're held at gun point by the Santa Claus robber! He steals Elroy's Rolex and makes a clean get away. Worse yet, a street gang heard what Craig and Day Day did to the carolers, and they did not look friendly. Craig and Day Day run like the wind as the gangsters give chase. Fortunately our heroes hide on the roof of Pimps & Hos, while the gangsters met up with Moly. They give him a message for Craig and Day Day: they beat him up. After that, Day Day and Craig decide to quit, and soon after, Moly fires them; Meanwhile, Miss Pearly decided to snoop around the Jones' apartment. Luckily Day Day's pit bull Cheeco caught her in the end. Literally.
Craig and Day Day's Christmas party would still be held that night, but how would they raise their rent money? Craig decided to charge his guests and take up a collection. Willie and Elroy were there, Donna came too, along with Money Mike, local pimp and owner of Pimps & Hos. Day Day's old boss Pinky came and brought some very sexy girls. Damon was there too, and he began to take a liking to Money Mike. He followed him into the john. Luckily Mike managed to find Damon's weakness by applying a pair of pliers to his testicles. He takes Damon outside. Craig and Day Day follow. But unfortunately when Mike attempted to get Damon into his car, Donna drove off without him, and those pliers wouldn't hold for long, so a furious Damon chased Money Mike all over the neighborhood. Suddenly, Craig spotted the Santa Claus robber, and he and Day Day tail him into his hideout where they jump him. Craig beats him with a Christmas tree, but then Santa escapes and they chase him all over the neighborhood, in and out of yards, even houses, including that of a mean, shotgun-toting old man, and the unfriendly gangsters from earlier. Santa made it out to the street thinking he got away with it when suddenly he was mowed down by Pinky's chauffeur. Craig and Day Day catch the Kris Kringle criminal and reclaim all their possessions. They leave him tied up on the roof in a sleigh; Epilogue: Santa remained on the roof for a while, Damon chased Mike all over creation, and Day Day and Craig gave themselves early Christmas presents and got it on with some FINE girls. Oh yeah.
Friday After Next. This movie was hilarious. Just as good as the first two. This is it with the Friday series for now, but I hope they make another movie soon. Ice Cube is back as Craig, and he's as funny as ever. Mike Epps is back as Day Day, and he's a riot. He's also that shotgun toting old man towards the end. Also here: John Witherspoon as Willie, Don 'D.C.' Curry as Elroy, Clifton Powell back as Pinky, Katt Williams as Money Mike, and K.D. Aubert as Donna. All very good in this movie. As you may have noticed, Chris Tucker hasn't returned as Smokey again. Maybe in a future Friday movie or Smokey may have his own movie? Anyway, if you've seen Friday and Next Friday, then please, see Friday After Next. It's hilarious. It's loaded with foul language and fine girls. You won't be disappointed. Friday After Next is top-flight entertainment for any day of the week. I recommend it.
Maybe next time Hollywood will think twice before releasing stupid crap.
My score: 5 (out of 10)
FINAL VERDICT: Rubbish. Don't watch it.
I laughed harder during Jingle All The Way!!! (Not that JATW is a bad movie, IT ROCKS!) For a Christmas movie, you might wanna stick to The Santa Clause 2 or watch one you already have.
If you're a fan of the Friday franchise, you'll be disappointed. Most of the laughes are in the trailer itself.
I just hope we won't get anymore Friday's, cause it's certainly feels like a Monday morning after seeing this... 4/10.