Friday After Next Movie Review
Craig and Day-Day are back, but the comedy didn't come with them. Friday After Next, the sequel to Friday and Next Friday, has the cousins now living on their own and starting a new job as security guards. Unfortunately, now that they are in their own place, they are susceptible to all of the typical things in life, such as pesky landlords, a burglar dressed as Santa Clause and poor quality.
Friday was funny. Next Friday was relatively funny. Friday After Next is just there. Sure, it's fun to see all of the characters back for one last party, but the dialogue and plots that worked for the previous two are nonexistent here. Ice Cube wrote the screenplay, but he must have been tired during the day he penned it, since it does not live up to its usual standards. Half the movie revolves around Craig (Ice Cube) yelling at Day-Day (Epps) for being an idiot, and the other half has the same stuff that was in the other movies (the father having gas problems, the guys goggling over an attractive woman, a muscular tough guy threatening to "have them," and so forth).
Friday After Next has its entertaining moments, and I did laugh out loud a few times. I enjoyed Mike Epps' brief stint as an old man (with the shotgun), as well as the incident with the pliers (think Christmas time, think a popular play... ah, just think nutcracker - literally). Nevertheless, a good portion of the movie is bland, with very little to offer that the other two films hadn't already done. Furthermore, something more clever could have come of the Santa Clause burglar; it seems as though Ice Cube just wanted to wrap the story up so he scribbled it in on the last page.
Fans of Friday will still find some enjoyment out of Friday After Next, but the first two films are far superior. Two was the magic number, but three is definitely enough.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.