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Viewed at Pacific Place
Rated R; running time of 87 minutes
Genre: Ghetto Comedy
Written by: Ice Cube
Directed by: Marcus Raboy
Cast: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, John Witherspoon, Don "D.C." Curry, Anna Maria Horsford, Bebe Drake, Sommore, K.D. Aubert, Clifton Powell, Maz Jobrani, Joel McKinnon Miller, Katt Williams, Terry Crews, and Lou Myers
WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.
It's another Friday in the hood and this time it's Christmas Eve. Craig (Ice Cube) wakes up to discover that Santa is stealing all of his presents and material possessions - including the stereo speaker where he has hidden the rent money.
With the landlady breathing down their necks, Craig and Day-Day (Mike Epps)take jobs as security guards for a run down strip mall. They hope to do the job well enough to get an advance on their pay so they can pay rent. Sounds easy enough, right? Wrong. Day-Day has gotten a little power and doesn't know how to act and they have to deal with poor working conditions all the while running from the neighborhood thugs and running after the Santa that ripped them off. And don't forget the party they have to throw later on. All of this in one day.
Good Lord. No more Fridays, please. This one wasn't as bad as Next Friday, but even that is not saying a whole lot. Cube just needs to come off the movie and pay Chris Tucker to come on back. They also need to hire someone else to try and write the script. This latest script was like a mish mash of events linked by a thin thread. Scene after scene had unnecessary and ridiculous content. The grandmother didn't need to be present. The cops were a waste of space. Even Craig's family seemed out of place. They only character that made this movie remotely worth watching was the pimp Money Mike (Katt Williams). That brotha was flippin funny. Yes, he treated his main woman like crap, but I couldn't take him seriously. He was inept and a parody of a pimp and that made it all the more funny. He played a prominent part in the last 20 minutes of the movie and that made having sat through the previous 60 minutes worth it. And a tedious previous 60 minutes it was. It was filled with horrible acting and idiotic dialogue.
I'm beyond sick of these ghetto fabulous flicks that are just plain dumb and filled with cursing and drugs use. Where are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton now? I guess you have to say "F&*k Jesse Jackson " in order to get their attention.
All in all I was pretty glad when it was over.
I'd wait and just rent it and that's only because Money Mike is funny.
I wish I could say "Thank God It's Friday", but the truth of the matter is I was glad when it was over.
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Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2002
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