Friday (film series)
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|Friday (film series)|
Friday 1995 theatrical release poster
|Directed by||F. Gary Gray (1)
Steve Carr (2)
Marcus Raboy (3) TBA (4)
|Produced by||Patricia Charbonnet|
|Written by||Ice Cube
DJ Pooh (1, 4)
Chris Tucker (1, 4 )
Mike Epps (2-4)
Don "D.C." Curry (2-3)
Tommy Lister, Jr. (1-2, 4)
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
|1995, 2000, 2002, 2018|
|Box office||$121.5 million|
Friday is a series of comedy films starring Ice Cube. He as well as John Witherspoon, who's portraying Craig Jones's father Willie in the series, are the only two actors to appear in all the films.
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 Craig and Smokey 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)
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)
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 party to get the money for Ms. Pearly.
Last Friday (2018)
According to John Witherspoon, the fourth installment of the series has been greenlit as of April 2017. DJ Pooh reveals in an interview on Drink Champs that he's working on Last Friday with Ice Cube. On May 2017, Mike Epps and John Witherspoon teased the upcoming film in a video on Instagram by asking each other if they knew anything about it. It has been confirmed the film is in the works.
Cast and characters
|Friday After Next
|Craig Jones||Ice Cube|
|Willie Jones||John Witherspoon|
|Deebo||Tommy Lister, Jr.||Tommy Lister, Jr.|
|Betty Jones||Anna Maria Horsford||Anna Maria Horsford|
|Smokey||Chris Tucker||Chris Tucker|
|Dana Jones||Regina King|
|Big Worm||Faizon Love|
|Pastor Clever||Bernie Mac|
|Uncle Elroy||Don Curry|
|Money Mike||Katt Williams|
|Damon Pearly||Terry Crews|
|Robber Santa Claus||Rickey Smiley|
- James, Caryn (April 26, 1995). "FILM REVIEW; Replacing Rap's Anger With a Sense of Humor". The New York Times.