Friday (film series)

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Directed by F. Gary Gray (1)
Steve Carr (2)
Marcus Raboy (3)
Produced by Various
Written by Ice Cube
DJ Pooh (1)
Starring Ice Cube
John Witherspoon
Chris Tucker (1)
Mike Epps (2-3)
Don "D.C." Curry (2-3)
Tommy Lister, Jr. (1-2)
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release dates
1995, 2000, 2002
Country United States
Language English
Budget $24.5 million
Box office $121.5 million

Friday is a series of comedy films starring Ice Cube and John Witherspoon, who are the only two actors to appear in all the films.


Friday (1995)[edit]

Main article: Friday (1995 film)

The film takes a look at one single Friday in the life of two friends, Craig Jones (Ice Cube) and Smokey (Chris Tucker), in South Central Los Angeles. Craig has recently been fired from his job while attempting to collect his wages, as he was allegedly caught on camera stealing cardboard boxes from UPS, although he claims innocence. Throughout the day, friends and local neighborhood characters pass through, including the hulking neighborhood bully Deebo (Tommy Lister, Jr.). The film's subplot focuses on drug dealer Big Worm (Faizon Love), who warns Craig and Smokey to collect $200 worth of marijuana they smoked (which was supposed to be sold) no later than 10:00 that evening, or he and Craig will be killed.

In the end, Craig manages to overcome all of the day's tribulations, save for finding employment; he and Smokey are able to pay Big Worm, he confronts Deebo and successfully beats him after all of his bullying to everyone else, and he and his pretty neighbor Debbie (Nia Long) hook up.

Next Friday (2000)[edit]

Main article: Next Friday

Next Friday is a 2000 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.

Friday After Next (2002)[edit]

Main article: Friday After Next

At 3:37am on Christmas Eve, Craig (Ice Cube) and Day-Day (Mike Epps) are robbed by a fake Santa Claus (Rickey Smiley) as he stole their presents, Craig's CD collection, Day-Day's baby pictures and a big sandwich. Craig and Day-Day get jobs as rent-a-cops in a strip mall where Willie (John Witherspoon (actor)) and Elroy (Don "D.C." Curry) opened up a rib joint, called "Bros. BBQ". They owe rent to their apartment building's manager, Ms. Pearly (BeBe Drake) who threatens the two with the attentions of her burly homosexual son, Damon Pearly (Terry Crews). Craig is in love with Donna, the girlfriend of a pimp named Money Mike (Katt Williams) who treats her poorly and Craig and Day-Day throw a rent-a-party to get the money for Ms. Pearly.

Cast and characters[edit]

Characters Films Animated series
Next Friday
Friday After Next
Friday: The Animated Series
Craig Jones Ice Cube Phil LaMarr
Smokey Chris Tucker Khary Payton
Willie Jones John Witherspoon John DiMaggio
Betty Jones Anna Maria Horsford Anna Maria Horsford Cree Summer
Deebo Tommy Lister, Jr. Kevin Michael Richardson
Dana Jones Regina King Cree Summer
Debbie Nia Long TBA
Big Worm Faizon Love
Pastor Clever Bernie Mac
Uncle Elroy Don Curry TBA
Pinky Clifton Powell TBA
Day-Day Mike Epps
Roach Justin Pierce
Karla Lisa Rodríguez
Joker Jacob Vargas
Tyrone Sticky Fingaz
Money Mike Katt Williams TBA
Donna K.D. Aubert
Damon Pearly Terry Crews
Robber Santa Claus Rickey Smiley