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Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Steve Carr|
|Produced by||Ice Cube|
|Written by||Ice Cube|
by Ice Cube
Don "D.C." Curry
Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr.
|Narrated by||Ice Cube|
|Music by||Terence Blanchard|
|Cinematography||Christopher J. Baffa|
|Edited by||Elena Maganini|
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
|January 12, 2000|
Next Friday is a 2000 American stoner comedy film, and the sequel to the 1995 film Friday. This is the first film to be produced by producer Ice Cube's film production company Cubevision. The film is directed by Steve Carr, and stars Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Don "D.C." Curry, John Witherspoon, and Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr.
After a fight between Craig (Ice Cube) and neighborhood bully, Deebo (Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr.), rumor has spread that Deebo will be breaking out of jail and will seek a rematch. As a precaution, Craig's father, Willie (Witherspoon), decides to have him stay with Elroy (Don Curry), Craig's uncle, and his cousin Day-Day (Mike Epps).
Initially, life with his uncle and cousin seems to be ideal, but trouble soon arises in many different areas. In spite of his family winning the lottery, Day-Day informs Craig that his family is not rich anymore. After taxes were deducted from their winnings, all they were left with was their house and Day-Day's BMW. Because of this situation, Day-Day still has a job at Pinky's, a local record store.
A family of Chicano thugs, the Jokers, lives next door and Day-Day and Craig learn about their drug dealing activities from Mrs. Ho-kym (Amy Hill). Craig notices their sister, Karla, but is warned by Day-Day to stay away from her. The mailman gives Craig a notice for the house being auctioned, He comes to the record store to inform Day-Day that his house is being auctioned.
Shortly after, record store owner, Pinky (Clifton Powell), returns and mistakes Craig for a thief attempting to rob his store. After a fight, Pinky fires both Day-Day and Roach on the spot.
Having previously received a notice of unpaid taxes, Day-Day is extremely upset with Craig for getting him fired. As they think of a solution and Roach attempts to leave, he slips on his skateboard which is then intentionally run over by the Joker brothers. As they watch, they see the elder Joker removing a suspicious hydraulic pump from the trunk. They decide to find out what is inside the pump.
They manage to break into the Jokers’ house and Craig finds the hydraulic pump to be a hiding place for a large amount of drug cash, and takes some of it. However, he soon goes into Karla's room which impresses her. She then tells Craig that the neighborhood was peaceful until her brothers got out of jail. Karla and her parents tried to avoid her brothers by saving money and moving away, but it only encouraged her brothers to follow them.
Day-Day and Roach grow nervous about Craig's prolonged absence and attempt to find him. They knock at the door and are greeted by the three brothers armed with pistols and automatic rifles who take them hostage. When Craig realizes that Day-Day has not returned home, he, Willie, and Elroy plan a rescue mission.
A fight ensues between Craig and Joker, while Day-Day and Roach are eventually freed by Elroy. After a scuffle in which Joker aims an automatic rifle at Craig, Day-Day and Roach, causing him to gets knocked out from behind by Deebo, whom, along with Tyrone, sneak into Willie's truck.
Tyrone takes the rifle from the unconscious Joker and gives it to Deebo so he can enact revenge on Craig. Unfortunately, Chico is Joker's dog, attacks Deebo him and Tyrone. The police soon arrive and arrest Deebo, Tyrone, and the Joker brothers. However they are unaware of the hydraulic pump and its contents. Craig, Day-Day and Elroy split the cash and keep the house and Craig returns to South Central.
- Ice Cube as Craig Jones
- Mike Epps as Day-Day Jones
- Justin Pierce as Roach
- John Witherspoon as Mr. Jones
- Don "D.C." Curry as Uncle Elroy
- Jacob Vargas as Joker
- Amy Hill as Mrs. Ho-Kym
- Clifton Powell as Pinky
- Kym Whitley as Auntie Suga
- Tamala Jones as D'Wana
- Robyn "Lady of Rage" Allen as Baby D
- Lisa Rodríguez as Karla
- Tommy Lister Jr. as Deebo
- Sticky Fingaz as Tyrone
- Lobo Sebastian as Lil' Joker
- Calvin Chan as Baby Joker
- Michael Blackson as Angry African Customer
The film's soundtrack, which featured appearances from Aaliyah, Eminem, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Ice Cube, N.W.A., Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan, and Wyclef Jean, peaked at number five on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts, and nineteen on the Billboard 200 in 2000.
The film received negative reviews by critics and fans, earning a 20% "rotten" rating from Rotten Tomatoes, and on Metacritic the film has received a score of 41, based on 25 reviews. The film was, however, successful at the box office. Next Friday grossed $14,465,156 on its opening weekend in 1,103 theaters, averaging $13,114 per theater. The film has grossed $57,328,603 in North America and $2,498,725 in the Foreign box office to earn a total $59,827,328 worldwide.
- Best Comedic Performance — Ice Cube (nominated)
Home video release
Next Friday was released on DVD June 6, 2000. The single disc DVD contains a theatrical trailer, music videos, a "making of..." featurette, behind the scenes footage, and an alternate ending as well as cast and crew information.
- "Next Friday (2000)". Box Office Mojo. 2000-05-26. Retrieved 2011-04-20.
- "Ice Cube Says ‘Friday 4′ Stuck in ‘Development Hell’ at New Line".
- "Next Friday (2000)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2011-04-20.