Friday (1995 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by F. Gary Gray
Produced by Patricia Charbonnet
Written by Ice Cube
DJ Pooh
Starring Ice Cube
Chris Tucker
Nia Long
Bernie Mac
Tiny 'Zeus' Lister Jr
John Witherspoon
Narrated by Ice Cube
Music by Frank Fitzpatrick
Simon Franglen
Chuck Wild
Cinematography Gerry Lively
Edited by John Carter
Priority Films
Ghettobird Productions
Cube Vision Productions
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release dates
  • April 26, 1995 (1995-04-26)
Running time 91 minutes
97 minutes (Director's cut)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3.5 million[1]
Box office $28,215,918[1]

Friday is a 1995 American stoner buddy comedy film directed by F. Gary Gray in his directorial debut, and starring Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Bernie Mac, Tiny 'Zeus' Lister Jr, and John Witherspoon. The film revolves around 16 hours in the lives of unemployed slackers Craig Jones and Smokey, who must pay a drug dealer $200 by 10:00 PM that night. The film spawned two sequels: Next Friday and Friday After Next, with a fourth film, Last Friday, currently in development. Ice Cube and Nia Long later starred in the film Are We There Yet?.[2]


Craig Jones (Ice Cube), a young man living in Southern California, has just lost his job. Not having any plans, he hangs out on his front porch with his best friend, Smokey (Chris Tucker), a pothead who sells marijuana for Big Worm (Faizon Love), the neighborhood supplier. The two share a joint.

Throughout the day, Craig and Smokey observe the goings-on in their neighborhood. They encounter Ezail (Anthony Johnson), a crackhead who supports his habit with petty crime; Debbie (Nia Long), a girl who Craig has a crush on; Craig's neighbor, Stanley (F. Gary Gray), whose supercilious attitude bemuses Craig ; Red (DJ Pooh), whose bike and necklace have been stolen by Deebo (Tiny Lister), the neighborhood bully who enlists Smokey aid in a burglary of Stanley's house; and Felicia (Angela Means), Debbie's sister and Deebo's girlfriend, who irritates everyone in the neighborhood with her constant begging.

Smokey, who has been smoking rather than selling his consignment of marijuana, has a confrontation with Big Worm. In an attempt to explain his money shortage, Smokey incriminates Craig. Big Worm threatens to kill them both if they do not give him two hundred dollars by ten pm.

Craig angrily confronts Smokey about his lack of initiative in selling the marijuana before resolving to help Smokey. Craig unsuccessfully attempts to borrow money from his mother (Anna Maria Horsford), his sister, Dana (Regina King), and his insanely jealous girlfriend, Joi (Paula Jai Parker).

Craig's father, Willie (John Witherspoon), eventually learns of Craig's plight, as well as the fact that Craig is carrying a gun. Willie scolds him, explaining that Craig should use his fists, not guns, to resolve his problems.

Later on, while Craig and Smokey discuss their dilemma, they're interrupted by the arrival of Rita (Yvette Wilson), a girl whom Debbie set Smokey up with earlier. Smokey then discovers she lied about her looks: instead of resembling Janet Jackson as she originally claimed, Rita is obese and practically bald.

Smokey heads to Debbie's house to complain and notices Red's bike on the lawn. He sneaks in and finds Deebo asleep with Felisha. Smokey tries to reclaim the money that he and Deebo stole from Stanley, but is interrupted by Ezail. Both escape without the money before Deebo wakes up. Smokey returns to Craig's house to tell him. Craig agrees to go back with Smokey to try again, but at that moment, Deebo rides past.

The two notice a car driving slowly and hide, suspecting a possible drive-by shooting. Scared, they run to Craig's room, then agree to venture out. Once outside, they notice a van parked in the street with its headlights off. The two flee as men in the van start shooting.

The neighbors emerge from their homes upon hearing the gunshots. Debbie then confronts Deebo for assaulting Felisha after Deebo falsely accuses Felicia of Smokey's attempted theft. Deebo eventually assaults Debbie, at which time Craig and Smokey arrive to the scene.

Horrified that Deebo has struck a woman, Craig stands up to him, threatening him with his gun. Deebo scoffs at the threat and Willie encourages Craig to lower the weapon and fight with his hands. Craig and Deebo fight. Craig, after nearly losing, emerges victorious.

As Debbie tends to Craig's wounds, Smokey steals the money from an unconscious Deebo. Red retrieves his necklace and bicycle and Ezail steals Deebo's shoes. Craig and Debbie subsequentlly agree to date, and Craig breaks up with Joi over the phone.

Later, Smokey settles with Big Worm. He announces that he is giving up drug dealing and going to rehab. After hanging up, Smokey looks up, lights a joint and ends the film by shouting at the audience, "I was just bullshittin'! And you know this, man!"



Friday was released on April 26, 1995 in the United States, June 30, 1995 in the United Kingdom, and October 5, 1995 in Australia.

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD on March 2, 1999 and Blu-ray on September 8, 2009 with a new director's cut (97 minutes). The single disc DVD contains a theatrical trailer, a featurette on the film, and cast and crew interviews.


Friday received mostly positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a mixed score of 77% based on 22 reviews.[3] Metacritic gives the film a mixed score of 54%, based on 9 reviews.[4]


Year Award Category Result
1995 AFI's 100 Years[5] Best movie quote Nominated

Box office[edit]

Friday grossed $6,589,341 on its opening weekend debuting at #2 in the box office in 865 theaters, averaging $7,617 per theater.[6] The film grossed $27,467,564 in North America and $748,354 internationally, with a total of $28,215,918 worldwide.[1]


Main article: Friday (soundtrack)


  1. ^ a b c "Friday (1995)". Box Office Mojo. IMDB. 1995-06-13. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  2. ^ "Ice Cube Says ‘Friday 4′ Stuck in ‘Development Hell’ at New Line". 
  3. ^ "Friday (1995)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  4. ^ "Friday". Metacritic. CBS. 1999-09-27. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  5. ^ AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes Nominees
  6. ^ "Weekend Box Office". The Los Angeles Times. 1995-05-02. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 

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