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Friday is the rarest specimen of African American cinema: a 'hood movie refreshingly free of the semiseriousness and moralism of shoot 'em up soaps such as Boyz N the Hood, yet still true to the inner-city experience.

Scripted by rapper Ice Cube, Friday is a no-frills tale of a typical day in the life of a pair of African American youth in South Central. Cube plays Craig, a frustrated teen who endures the ultimate humiliation: getting fired on his day off. Then unknown Chris Tucker plays Smokey, a marijuana-worshipping homeboy whose love for the green stuff lands him in predicament after predicament.

Sitting on the stoop of Craig's rundown home, the two hilariously confront a kaleidoscopic array of gangbangers, weed dealers, crack heads, prostitutes, scheming girlfriends, and neighborhood bullies--all of whom, it should be noted, come off as sympathetic even as they are being caricatured, a true achievement in the crass, "booty call" environment of '90s African American comedy. --Ethan Brown

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Dolby
  • Widescreen

Cast

Ice CubeCraig Jones
Chris TuckerSmokey
Nia LongDebbie
Tommy 'Tiny' ListerDeebo
John WitherspoonMr. Jones
Anna Maria HorsfordMrs. Jones
Regina KingDana Jones
Paula Jai ParkerJoi
Faizon LoveBig Worm
DJ PoohRed
Vickilyn ReynoldsJoann
Kathleen BradleyMrs. Parker
Tony CoxMr. Parker
Demetrius NavarroHector
Bernie MacPastor Clever
Michael Clarke DuncanCraps Player

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: F. Gary Gray
  • Producer: New Line
  • Length: 91 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaApr 26, 1995
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 3, 2004
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