Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday (1995)


Synopsis: Grumpy rapper-turned actor and hyperactive pot-head while away a pleasant day on the front porch.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Ice Cube stars as Craig, an alright guy with some crazy friends like Smokey Chris Tucker (Rush Hour, Money Talks) who has 24 hours to pay back Deebo, the hood’s nastiest thug – or else!” [WTF?! Who wrote this? Smokey owes the money to the local ice cream truck-driving drug dealer, “Big Worm”, not Deebo, who’s just a run-of-the-mill muscle-headed bully. And “Smokey Chris Tucker”? Smokey is the character, Chris Tucker is the actor who portrays him. Wow...]

What Did I Learn?: You have to be either very unlucky or very stupid to get fired on your day off.

You Might Like This Movie If: This song means a great deal to you. Oops – I mean this song.

Really?: 1) I don’t suppose anyone in the neighbourhood ever considered calling the cops on Deebo? (Not that Ice Cube is a big fan of LA’s Finest, of course...). 2) So wait, Craig doesn’t want to shoot Deebo, but hitting him in the head with a brick is somehow ok?

Rating: Ice Cube turns in a decent performance in Friday (even if his character is something of an unlikeable asshole) but Tucker totally steals the movie as Smokey. Quite honestly, I couldn’t stop laughing through the scene when Smokey is forced to defecate in the bushes near his home and he’s accosted by the local crackhead. Friday isn’t great cinema by any stretch, but it is a surprisingly funny movie. And you know this! 8/10 stars.

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