Friday (1995)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: April 26, 1995
DVD Release Date: March 2, 1999
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: What Friday might lack in taut construction or directorial flair, it more than makes up with its vibrant (albeit consistently crass) humor and the charming, energetic performances of its leads.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

I knew the picture was in trouble when its first gag involved an old lady spewing obscenities.

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Caryn James
New York Times

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.

TV Guide

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.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

Cube is amusing, though he's really playing straight man to Tucker's frenetic and energized Smokey.

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Kam Williams

The original installment in the outrageous slacker trilogy starring Ice Cube.

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Todd McCarthy

A crudely made, sometimes funny bit of porchfront humor from the 'hood.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Dirty, offensive, infantile and may launch a few sanctimonious opinion columns. And I mean that in the nicest way.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Ice Cube has no talent as a writer (nor much as an actor) but did find who would want to direct this crappy stoner comedy that feels like the worst and most… More
Spencer S.
A comedy that centers on the lives of those in South Central Los Angeles, or even Compton, "Friday" was exceptionally new for when it was released,… More
Eugene Bernabe
F. Gary Gray's timeless comedy is stereotypical, satirical and authentically humorous for a new, young generation. Friday is that notable 90's film… More
Chris Weber
As far as "hood" films (the post 1970s predecessor to blaxploitation) go, this is one of the better and more entertaining ones. It's a buddy… More
Lucas Martins
Friday become a much more superior than others stoner-buddy comedys, not just because have a simple, entertaining, terrible funny screenplay and an… More
Jim Careter
A fun movie. Ice Cube and the rest are funny as hell. The jokes were funny, but I didn't laugh as much as I'd hoped. The plot was pointless, but… More