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NEXT FRIDAY

SYNOPSIS:
It’s Friday again and Craig (Ice Cube) is in trouble. His nemesis Deebo (Tom "Tiny" Lister Jr.) has broken out of jail intent on tracking Craig down and extracting revenge on him. His father (John Witherspoon) decides Craig would be better off out of the hood and with his Uncle Elroy (Don "D.C." Curry) and cousin Day-Day (Mike Epps) in the wealthy suburb where they moved after winning the lottery. But when he gets there, Craig finds things aren’t much better - with his uncle’s libidinous girlfriend Suga (Kim Whitley), a posse of Chicano thugs, a manic record store owner and a particularly savage dog on his tail.

"Like the original Friday, Next Friday is a comedy set in the African-American community of Los Angeles. And while both films rely heavily on some pretty tasteless humour, this one contains little of the observational acuity about the black experience which distinguished its predecessor. By moving the action from the ‘hood to the ‘burbs, it fails to bring much insight to the characters’ predicament. The result is a kind of black Farrelly brothers movie. Some of the jokes are funny; but they’re so regularly repeated, they lose their impact after a while. The plot lacks originality, and many of the situations (and indeed the outcome) are so heavily telegraphed, they lack impact. Ice Cube, who’s been terrific in a lot of roles lately (think Three Kings) doesn’t make for a strong protagonist here. His subdued style means Craig is quickly swamped by the more grotesque characters (and there are plenty of them). John Witherspoon reprises his role as Craig’s father and gets a lot more screen time in this outing. He’s so over-the-top and so bizarre that he steals the show. Jacob Vargas lends some pretty good (and often funny) support as a Chicano gangster; but his character is largely a stereotype. There’s plenty of pot smoking, a little violence and a lot of racial humour (which could be described as non-discriminatory as it will most likely offend just about everyone) in Next Friday. Unfortunately it’s missing an interesting plot, developed characters and any humour that rises above the determinedly lowbrow. It may be time for this series to take Friday off and move straight to the weekend."
David Edwards

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 1
Mixed: 0

NEXT FRIDAY (MA)
(US)

CAST: Ice Cube, Tamala Jones, Mike Epps, Don DC Curry, John Witherspoon, Tom Tiny Lister Jnr, Kim Whitley, Kim Whitley, Jacob Vargas, Sticky Fingaz

DIRECTOR: Steve Carr

PRODUCERS: Matt Alvarez, Douglas Curtis

SCRIPT: Ice Cube, D.J. Pooh

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Christopher Baffa

EDITOR: Elena Maganini

MUSIC: Terence Blanchard

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Dina Lipton

RUNNING TIME: 98 min

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE DATE: July 27, 2000







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