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FRIDAY AFTER NEXT stars Ice Cube as Craig Jones, a young black man in the urban wasteland trying comically to survive a day of chaos on Christmas Eve in Los Angeles. A neighborhood thief dressed as Santa Claus has stolen Craig’s rent money, along with his Christmas presents. To top it off, the landlady has sent her homosexual criminal son to make sure she gets the rent, or else. Craig and his cousin get into all sorts of comical troubles trying to earn the money for the rent.
Some of the comical gags in FRIDAY AFTER NEXT are funny, especially the plot involving the Santa Claus thief. The movie, however, strongly advocates premarital sex and smoking marijuana. It also views the police as corrupt and often lazy and contains a minor anti-Christian subplot. Adding to this mix of sleaze is lots of foul language, including many uses of the “f” word. There may be some truth in this abhorrent movie from Ice Cube’s street-level point of view, but all people, not just blacks, should rise above such material as this, and take on the worldview of the God of the Bible
(PaPaPa, B, Ab, C, PC, HoHo, LLL, VV, SS, N, AA, DD, MM) Very strong pagan worldview that strongly advocates premarital sex and marijuana use with some moral elements such as married man refuses advances from another woman and words of Christian carol “Silent Night” are heard as well as Christian women send gang after over-zealous security guard, politically-correct view of police and homosexual ex-con rapist gets his comeuppance; about 250 obscenities including many “f” words, 15 mostly strong profanities, use of “N” word, and some body, toilet humor; strong slapstick violence includes hitting elderly mother, man fights thief dressed as Santa Claus, comic chase scenes, limo hits thief who rolls along limo’s lengthy roof, elderly man wildly fires shotgun at people and objects many times, implied beating, and violence to male groin area; implied fornication, implied prostitution, married man tries to fight off amorous woman who knows he’s married, homosexual elements, and other sexual references; upper and rear male nudity, female cleavage and woman in underwear; alcohol use and drunkenness; lots of marijuana use and police take marijuana plant for their own use; and, burglary, theft, some police corruption, movie mocks police, shoplifters caught and hauled away by police, and leaving the scene of an accident.
FRIDAY AFTER NEXT is a cultural satire about sex and marijuana use in the African American community. It is the second sequel to 1995’s FRIDAY (the first sequel was called NEXT FRIDAY. All three movies star rap music star Ice Cube (who also wrote the script and helped produce the movie) as Craig Jones, an unemployable young black man who spends his days trying to get by with odd jobs, while smoking some marijuana and chasing pretty women.
FRIDAY AFTER NEXT opens on Christmas Eve with a neighborhood thief dressed as Santa Claus taking all the Christmas presents that Craig and his cousin Day-Day have accumulated in their apartment. The thief also made off with their rent money. Unfortunately for these two mentally challenged young men, the landlady demands they hand over the rent by that night, or she will send her monstrous son, Damon, an ex-con who’s developed a homosexual taste for young men, after them.
Happily for Craig and Day-Day, they have managed to get a job as unarmed security guards at the strip mall where their fathers’ small barbecue restaurant is located. Unhappily for them, the job turns out to be a disaster, not the least of which is Day-Day’s bloated notions of self-importance at being a security guard who can boss people around whenever he wants. Can Craig survive the chaos developing around him and obtain the rent money before Damon gets too amorous?
Some of the comical gags in FRIDAY AFTER NEXT are funny, especially the plot involving the Santa Claus thief. The movie, however, strongly advocates premarital sex and smoking marijuana. It also views the police as corrupt and often lazy and contains a subplot where a group of middle-aged, Christian female evangelists from a local church send a local gang of hoodlums after Craig and Day-Day when Day-Day harasses them. Adding to this mix of sleaze is lots of foul language, including many uses of the “f” word.
Thus, despite some moral elements, which include the homosexual ex-con rapist getting his proper comeuppance, FRIDAY AFTER NEXT is truly an abhorrent, immoral exercise in numskull comedy. There may be some truth in the movie from Ice Cube’s street-level point of view, but MOVIEGUIDE® thinks that all people, not just blacks, should rise above such views as this, and take on the worldview of the God of the Bible.