Two pothead friends have to figure out a way to repay the weed dealer the money they owe him before he has them killed for stealing his dope.
Directed by F. Gary Gray
Written by Ice Cube and DJ Pooh
Starring Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Tommy "Tiny" Lister,
John Witherspoon, Anna Maria Horsford, Regina King,
Faizon Love, Ronn Riser
Friday is a simple, hilarious film that brought rapper Ice Cube into the world of comedy. His chemistry with Chris Tucker is great, and together they turn what is essentially a modernized Cheech & Chong movie into a cult favorite that stands on its own. After all, a lot can happen in one day.
This movie is all about weed. Smoking it, dealing it, all that jazz. It's also all about laziness. Ice Cube's character Craig gets fired on his day off, one of the film's running gags that perfectly represents what the film is all about. Then you got Smokey (Chris Tucker), a clueless idiot who just wants to get high. This is the film where Chris Tucker started playing Chris Tucker, a role he has never abandoned and never will. He fits well into this film though, as his annoying personality meshes well with Ice Cube's gruff exterior.
There isn't really a lot to dislike about Friday. There isn't really much of a plot until halfway through, but the snappy dialogue and funny characters make up for it. By the film's end, nothing has changed, just like most weed-centric films. But let's be honest, folks. Nobody's watching films like Friday for character development and insight. We watch them because we want to laugh and in that respect, Friday succeeds.