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Hard-core rapper Ice Cube, after appearing in such hard-hitting films as Boyz 'N the Hood and Higher Learning, played his first comic role in this picture he co-wrote with frequent musical collaborator DJ Pooh. Craig (Ice Cube) manages to get fired on his day off (though he claims it's through no fault of his own) and spends the day hanging out with his buddy Smokey (Chris Tucker) and trying to avoid his father (John Witherspoon), who wants him to find another job immediately. Smokey (whose name might have something to do with his tremendous fondness for marijuana) has even more… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Friday has energy, and sass, and the nerve to suggest that the line between tragedy and comedy may be in the bloodshot eye of the beholder."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"This is a ruder, cruder version of the hip-hop movie House Party, and it offers a fascinating glimpse at the way street life enters pop culture."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"Co-scriptwriters Ice Cube, DJ Pooh, and director F. Gary Gray find as much humor in well-observed detail as in the oddities of the film's world."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Synthesizes blaxploitation and pot-comedy genres and melds them into a colossus of unending laughs."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Cube's charm and Tucker's frantic antics can carry the movie only so far before the wall-to-wall profanity, constant vulgar humor and male chauvinist ogling wear out their welcome."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A crudely made, sometimes funny bit of porchfront humor from the 'hood."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Cube is amusing, though he's really playing straight man to Tucker's frenetic and energized Smokey."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"The original installment in the outrageous slacker trilogy starring Ice Cube."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"It has a certain crude, rambling charm."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"...much of the humor sailed right over my caucasian head."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Director Gray tries (unsuccessfully) to create a '90s Cheech and Chong with inane lavatory humour, manic facial expressions, and plenty of close-ups of a tokin' Smokey. Passť the spliff."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Dirty, offensive, infantile and may launch a few sanctimonious opinion columns. And I mean that in the nicest way."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A new generation of black talent (director Gray, actors Chris Tucker and Ice Cube) bring verve to this much welcome comedic view of street life in South Central, after mostly crime and drug pictures set there."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Gray's direction is painfully flat, and curiously -- especially for a popular music video director like Gray -- lacking any interesting visual style."
‑ Joey O'Bryan, Austin Chronicle
"Turns "Boyz N'The Hood" on it's head...simply hilarious"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
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