Friday, September 26 - Saturday, September 27, 2014
High-definition digital projection — Please note: due to a print shipping error, we are unable to play this film on 35mm as originally announced. We apologize for the inconvenience.
“Craig (Rap artist Ice Cube) and his pal Smokey (comedian Chris Tucker) are a couple of young guys who sit around wasting time on a run-of-the-mill weekday in FRIDAY (New Line, R). Damned if they don’t get themselves good and messed up in the course of this rude, raw comedy set in working-class Los Angeles and directed by F. Gary Gray. And damned if they’re not charming.
“Okay, okay, well, maybe charming’s the wrong word. But somehow, in this morally indefensible story (written by Ice Cube and D.J. Pooh) about a layabout (Cube) who can’t be prodded to look for a job and his twitchy bad-news buddy who blows his days away in a cloud of marijuana smoke, Gray (who has directed music videos for Cube and Queen Latifah) has found an effective balance between nasty stuff and stuff that just cracks a viewer up. In the details, Gary builds a world: Craig’s sister sleeps propped on her elbow so her coif won’t get mussed; Craig’s girlfriend brushes back her waist-length hair extensions with fierce long red fingernails. Craig’s neighbors include a yuppie homesteader, a hulking bully of a guy who motors around on a cheap bike, and a seductive housewife shacked up with a dwarf. While Tucker twitches and fast-talks his friend into trouble, Cube, who first showed his theatrical stuff in Boyz N the Hood, solidifies into a believable lug… FRIDAYhas energy, and sass, and the nerve to suggest that the line between tragedy and comedy may be in the bloodshot eye of the beholder.” – Entertainment Weekly
- Country USA
- Rating R
- Year 1995
- Running Time 89 minutes
- Director F. Gary Gray
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