Friday
Rating -

Comedy (US); 1995; Rated R; 89 Minutes

Cast Includes
Ice Cube
Chris Tucker
Nia Lony
Tiny "Zeus" Lister, Jr.
John Witherspoon
Anna Maria Horsford
Regina King
Paul Jai Parker
Bernie Mac
Angela Means
Faizon Love
LaWanda Page

Directed by F. Gary Gray

Review Uploaded
8/16/98

Written by DAVID KEYES

"Friday" 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 concerned.

The 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.

This 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.

But 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.

Honestly, 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.

You 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.

But here's a question for you: if you laughed at "Friday," then why are you reading this review anyway?


1998, David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org. Please e-mail the author here if the above review contains any spelling or grammar mistakes.
 
 
           
     
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