For the longest time, I had never heard of the movie. For the longest time, I had heard that it was a great movie. And finally, I've seen Friday.
This day-in-the-life comedy stars Ice Cube as the venerable Craig, who obviously likes to stay out of the way of the usual street dealings that take place in his neighborhood. However, he has no problem hanging with Smokey (Chris Tucker), a marijuana-hooked guy who owes a drug dealer some money. The two end up teaming together to take the streets back.
The movie is funny, but also has some meaning behind it. But since I saw this movie to laugh, I won't even mention the more serious side, other than to say that it, along with the rest of the movie, is done real well.
A good percentage of the film follows the dialogue exchange between Craig and Smokey, and that's a good choice because both Ice Cube and Chris Tucker deliver great performances. Chris Tucker acts the way he does in most of his other movies, only this time, as a marijuana addict, his craziness seems pretty realistic. Ice Cube manages to pull off a very cool and neutral character that lives his life in the neighborhood without really being involved in it (at least at first).
Friday boasts a good script which provides most of the comedy, but there is also some physical comedy that makes for some memorable scenes, like when Craig is talking with his disgusting father in the bathroom, while he is taking a dump. Trust me, it's funny.
I hate to say it, but there are some movies with black casts that just won't appeal the same way to white people, but Friday manages to depict the black suburban neighborhood, deliver a moral message about it, be funny about it at the same time, and appeal to all audiences smoothly. This one is a must see.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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