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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 the neighborhood bully Deebo (Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr.), rumor spreads that Deebo will be breaking out of jail soon and will come looking for Craig. As a result, Craig's father, Willie (Witherspoon), decides to have him stay with his uncle Elroy (Don Curry), and cousin Day-Day (Mike Epps) in Rancho Cucamonga.
Initially, life with his uncle and cousin seems to be ideal, but trouble soon arises. 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, live 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 Day-Day warns him to stay away from her. The mailman gives Craig a notice for the house being auctioned, and he goes to the record store to inform Day-Day.
Shortly after, record store owner, Pinky (Clifton Powell), returns and mistakes Craig for a thief attempting to rob his store. After fighting Craig, Pinky fires both Day-Day and Roach (Justin Pierce) 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 eldest 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 discovers the hydraulic pump contains a large amount of drug money, and takes some of it. He soon goes into Karla's room which impresses her. She 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 after discovering their money has been taken. 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 freed by Elroy. After a scuffle in which Joker aims an automatic rifle at Craig, Day-Day and Roach, he gets knocked out from behind by Deebo, whom, along with Tyrone, snuck into Willie's truck.
Tyrone takes one of Joker's rifle gun from the unconscious Joker and gives it to Deebo so he can enact revenge on Craig. Unfortunately, Chico, Joker's dog, attacks Deebo and Tyrone. The police arrive soon after 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. As Craig leaves, he spots D'wana pulling up to Day-Day's BMW, and having Baby D get out and toss a brick through the rear window, and the two speed off laughing.
- Ice Cube as Craig Jones
- Mike Epps as Daymond "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 Man Customer
- Nicole Lydy as Ashley Nicole
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.
Next Friday received negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 20% "rotten" rating, based on 64 reviews, with an average rating of 4/10. The site'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". On Metacritic, the film has received a score of 41, based on 25 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews". However, the film was a box office success, grossing $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.