1995; Rated R; 89 Minutes
Tiny "Zeus" Lister, Jr.
Anna Maria Horsford
Paul Jai Parker
Directed by F. Gary
by DAVID KEYES
stars several actors who can't act. It also stars a rapper
who can't rap. His name is "Ice Cube" and, after seeing
this movie (among others) he can officially name himself
the king of movies that lack acting talent, as far as I'm
cyntrical plot involves Ice Cube and a few of his dimwitted
friends trying to survive "the 'hood" in southern California,
which has its problems, and can be a very dangerous place.
This plot may have been inspired by a movie somewhat like
"Dangerous Minds," or "Boyz In The Hood," but what it tries
to do is take the plot and force a comedy routine into it.
stuff is not funny. Someone in the studio must have a mental
deficiency, because any normal person who saw the film being
made would have pointed out that this stuff isn't funny.
wait, that's not all. Ice Cube and his friend (who has a
name no one can remember) spend part of the movie sitting
on his porch examining the rump of a 40-year old woman across
the road, whom they consider a "hot chick." They address
her as "Mrs.," but they're rude for the rest of the film.
When people pass by on the street, they spurt out rude things,
which cannot be repeated here, for there may be children
out there. You figure it out.
I have to say that I have not seen a comedy like this in
my life: it's not what I consider bad, but something that's
inept, reprehensible, and awfully stupid. There have been
tons of movies that try to be funny with all the wrong subject
matter, and this is one of them.
may be asking why I'm not treating this film as badly as
the other 'zero star' films. My answer to this is that it's
just not worth it. I'm not going to spend my time insulting
another unfunny comedy, simply because I have done it several
times to unfunny comedies, and I'm sick of it.
here's a question for you: if you laughed at "Friday," then
why are you reading this review anyway?
1998, David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org.
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