Next Friday

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Next Friday
Next Friday Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySteve Carr
Produced byIce Cube
Written byIce Cube
Based onCharacters
by Ice Cube
DJ Pooh
Starring
Music byTerence Blanchard
CinematographyChristopher J. Baffa
Edited byElena Maganini
Production
company
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
  • January 12, 2000 (2000-01-12)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$11 million[1]
Box office$59.8 million[1]

Next Friday is a 2000 American stoner comedy film and the sequel to the 1995 film Friday. It is the first film to be produced by Ice Cube's film production company Cubevision. It was directed by Steve Carr and stars Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Don "D.C." Curry, John Witherspoon, and Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr. The film was theatrically released on January 12, 2000, grossing $59 million worldwide and receiving generally negative reviews from critics. A third film, titled Friday After Next, was released in November 2002.

Plot[edit]

Craig's father Willie decides it would be safer for Craig to move to Rancho Cucamonga and live with his uncle Elroy and cousin Day-Day, who had won the lottery and were able to afford a nice house in the suburbs. Day-Day shows Craig around the house and neighborhood. Day-Day explains to Craig that after winning the lottery, all of the taxes and fees that were taken out only left them enough to buy their house and car. However, a notice arrives that their house could be repossessed, but Day-Day is running late for work and unable to bring it to his dad's attention.

Later, Craig visits Day-Day at work. A customer comes into the store and attempts to scam Day-Day by returning a broken CD. Craig arrives and sees the customer harassing Day-Day. Craig throws him out. Day-Day finds D’Wana vandalizing his car with Baby D for the second time that day, and attempts to confront them, but is attacked by Baby D. Pinky arrives at the store finding that it locked up while Day-Day and his co-worker Roach are in the back. After an armed scuffle with Craig in which Pinky mistook him for a robber, the former gains the upper hand and explains that he is Day-Day’s cousin. When Day-Day returns and confirms this, Pinky fires Day-Day and Roach. Craig, Day-Day and Roach try to figure out how to keep the house. Craig remembers seeing one of the neighbors, the Jokers, carrying a hydraulic pump. Suspecting that they may be hiding cash inside, Craig convinces Day-Day and Roach to help him get inside the Jokers house and see what’s inside the pump.

The trio drug the Jokers guard dog Chico. Craig sneaks into the Jokers house while the three brothers are partying. Craig locates the pump and confirms that cash is hidden inside, taking some for himself. He escapes out of a window. Meanwhile, Day-Day and Roach knock on the Jokers front door, which is answered by all three brothers armed with guns. The brothers take Day-Day and Roach hostage while trying to figure out what happened to their money.

Willie returns to the neighborhood while unknowingly hauling Deebo and his brother Tyrone in his truck, both having been tracking Craig down after they escaped from prison so Deebo could have revenge. Craig returns to Elroy's house inquiring of the whereabouts of Day-Day and Roach. He, Willie, and Elroy deduce they are still in the Joker brothers’ house. They form a plan to get the two out while Auntie Suga informs them that if they aren’t back in ten minutes she will be calling the police.

The trio sneak into the backyard of the Jokers’ house. Joker sends Baby Joker to get a chainsaw from the toolshed, only for the latter to be knocked out by Willie. This lures out Lil Joker who Elroy incapacitates by tackling him. Willie ties the younger Jokers up and puts them in the shed. Joker goes out to look for his brothers and notices Elroy still laying on the ground. This distraction is enough for Craig to engage him in a fist fight with Joker. As Craig has Joker distracted, Elroy recovers enough to free Day-Day and Roach. They try to help Craig with Joker, but the latter gains the upper hand and is about to shoot the trio before Deebo appears and knocks him out. He acquires an assault rifle as Chico arrives and bites him in the arm. The police arrive and arrest the Joker brothers, Deebo, and Tyrone. Craig hands the cash from the pump over to his uncle. Craig returns home with his dad.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

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.

Release[edit]

In the United States, the film was released on Wednesday, January 12, 2000.

Home video[edit]

Next Friday was released on DVD format on 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.[2]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

Next Friday grossed $14.5 million in its opening weekend in 1,103 theaters, averaging $13,114 per theater. The film grossed $57.3 million in North America and $2.5 million in the foreign box office, for a total $59.8 million worldwide.[1] The film is the most-successful in the franchise.

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 22% based on 65 reviews and an average rating of 4.1/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Next Friday lacks the fun of the original Friday. The movie is messy and plotless and relies on unfunny vulgar gags."[3] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 41 out of 100 based on 25 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[4] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[5]

Awards[edit]

2000 MTV Movie Awards
Best Comedic Performance — Ice Cube (nominated)[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Next Friday (2000)". Box Office Mojo. May 26, 2000. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
  2. ^ Sherber, Anne (May 20, 2000). "New Line Sets Up Huge 'Next Friday' Campaign". Billboard. Vol. 112 no. 21. p. 98.
  3. ^ "Next Friday (2000)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  4. ^ "Next Friday reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  5. ^ "Find CinemaScore" (Type "Next Friday" in the search box). CinemaScore. Retrieved December 10, 2020.
  6. ^ Wolk, Josh (June 9, 2000). "The MTV Movie Awards". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 10, 2016.

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