Friday (1995 film)

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Friday
Fridayposter1995.jpg
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
Production
company
Priority Films
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.[2]

Plot[edit]

Craig is awakened by Jehovah's Witness performing field missionary work at 8:27 AM. Fired from UPS the day before, Craig's father, Willie, scolds him and suggests an animal control career to follow in his footsteps; instead Craig with neighborhood friend Smokey spends the day hanging out, smoking weed, and receiving visitors on his front porch.

Throughout the day, friends and local neighborhood characters pass through, such as harmless but always-scheming crackhead/petty thief Ezail; intelligent high-school senior and Craig's crush Debbie; Debbie's sister and perpetual crackhead/moocher Felisha; lascivious Pastor Clever, who attempts a fling with sultry parishioner Mrs. Parker before being unexpectedly interrupted by her infuriated husband; package delivery driver Red, whose commandeered bicycle, stolen necklace, and black eye are all courtesy of hulking neighborhood bully Deebo; and China, friend of Craig's sister Dana.

The film's subplot focuses on Smokey, who has been smoking rather than selling his consignment of "indo" for drug dealer Big Worm. In an attempt to explain his obvious lack of revenue, Smokey inadvertently incriminates Craig, subjecting them both to Big Worm's wrath. Big Worm instructs Smokey to return $200 worth of drugs or the proceeds no later than 10:00 that night, or he and Craig will be killed.

Smokey is able to earn some money selling pot to Hector, whom he dislikes for making him the butt of a joke involving smoking a joint laced with PCP that humiliated Smokey in a drug-induced frenzy. Unfortunately, attempts to borrow money from Joi (Craig's jealous, loud-mouthed girlfriend), Betty (Craig's mother) and Craig's sister, Dana, prove unsuccessful. Willie eventually learns of Craig's plight, as well as the fact that Craig is carrying a gun, and scolds him for keeping bad company and allowing himself to be corrupted by street life, explaining that it's better to resolve one's problems with fists rather than resorting to murder.

Later on, while Craig and Smokey discuss how they're going to pay Big Worm, they're interrupted by the arrival of Rita, a girl Debbie had helped Smokey set a date with earlier via phone. Smokey approaches her with confidence until he discovers she lied about her image: instead of resembling Janet Jackson as claimed in their conversation, she is obese and practically bald.

Smokey heads to Debbie's house to complain about the date and notices Red's bike, which had been appropriated by Deebo, on the lawn. He sneaks into a bedroom window and finds Deebo asleep with Felisha. Smokey tries to reclaim the money that he and Deebo stole from Craig's neighbor Stanley earlier in the day, but is interrupted by Ezail as he also tries to sneak inside the bedroom, both escape without the money just before Deebo wakes up. Smokey returns to Craig's house to tell him about the missed opportunity; Craig agrees to go back to Debbie and Felisha's house with Smokey to try again, but before they can leave, Deebo rides past on Red's bike.

Looking down the block, the two notice a car driving slowly and hide behind a tree suspecting a possible drive-by shooting. Scared, they hide in Craig's room for a while then eventually 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 at them with submachine guns, ultimately hiding in the back of a pickup truck.

The neighborhood emerges from their homes upon hearing the gunshots, where Debbie confronts Deebo for assaulting Felisha. Deebo tells Debbie that Felisha was trying to steal his money, falsely accusing her of Smokey's attempted theft, and instructs her to go home under threat. Debbie continues to lambaste Deebo until he assaults her, at which time Craig and Smokey arrive on scene. He stands up to Deebo to defend Debbie and threatens him with his gun, but is ultimately convinced by and hands his gun over to his father, Willie. Craig and Deebo then engage in a bare-knuckle brawl whereupon Craig emerges as victor. As Debbie tends to Craig's wounds, Smokey takes the money he was after from a now-unconscious Deebo; Red retrieves his necklace and bicycle (and delivers a parting shot of his own); and, Ezail steals Deebo's shoes. In the end, Craig has seemingly overcome all of the day's tribulations, save for finding employment. He and Debbie agree to date, leading Craig to break up with Joi over the phone.

Later, Smokey settles with Big Worm over the phone stating he did not appreciate Worm's crew shooting at him and Craig; Big Worm explains it was strictly business. Smokey states he has the $200 owed and instructs Big Worm to deal his own drugs next time, claiming he's 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!"

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

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.

Reception[edit]

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]

Accolades[edit]

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]

Soundtrack[edit]

Main article: Friday (soundtrack)

References[edit]

  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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