Next Friday
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In this sequel to the urban comedy Friday, rap music star Ice Cube returns as Craig Jones, a streetwise man from South Central Los Angeles who has a knack for getting into trouble. This time out, Craig is still trying to outsmart neighborhood bully Debo (Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr.); after Craig gets the better of Debo in a fist fight, Debo is determined to flatten Craig in a rematch. Looking to stay out of Debo's way, Craig decides that it would be a good time to visit his cousin (Mike Epps) and uncle (Don "DC" Curry), who have recently won the lottery and moved into a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Next Friday is a truly awful film."
‑ Ernest Hardy,
"Next Friday will eventually be remembered as a disposable farce, but one that leaves a happy memory."
‑ Tom Keogh,
"[Cube abandons] the heavy-on-dialogue rhythm in favor of needless subplots rife with hijinks."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"When you feel like you have to explain the pop culture references in your gags, your movie is in trouble."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"A stupid, petulant exercise in racism and misogyny."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"The flick could use Chris Tucker, co-star of the first Friday, AWOL in the sequel. He probably took a look at the script and realized this sequel was no reason to shout, 'T.G.I.F.'"
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Its humor batting average would earn anybody an MVP."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"Still, in the Wayans Brothers tradition, a few of the vignettes are savvy and effective."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Next Friday, after its midway mark, just lumbers until it fizzles out."
‑ Paula Nechak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Not a giggle, not a smile nor a smirk came out or across my face."
‑ Jerry McCormick, San Diego Union-Tribune
"One measure of its desperation and lack of respect for its audience is the frequency with which it labors to wring humor from flatulence and excrement gags."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Lazy, dumb, and misogynistic."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Most of the characters are so foolish and short-sighted that they can't see beyond the last puff of the fattie they're smoking."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"And make no mistake about it, this unfunny farce is as awful as a sequel can get."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"In laying on all the outrageousness, Ice Cube sacrifices a key element to Friday's appeal: a surprising amount of heart."
‑ Michael Dequina,
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