Directed by Steve Carr.
Written by Ice Cube.
Starring Ice Cube and Mike Epps.
Release Year: 2000
Review Date: 1/20/00
If I'm not mistaken, this is your fifth
Bellview e-mail of the day. To answer your obvious question, yep,
I'm a class A loser. But, at least I'm not denying it!
Tonight's entry is the sequel to one of my
favorite movies, the Ice Cube/Chris Tucker comedy "Friday." "Next
Friday," like its predecessor, has almost no plot--this time around,
it's just Ice and he must move out to the suburbs to avoid the
possibility of a run-in from Deebo, Ice's nemesis from the first
movie, who has just gotten out of jail and is looking to settle the
score with Craig (Cube). This gives the movie the chance to make
fun of suburban life in a myriad of different ways, and to have a
whole lot of racism from the parts of the white mailman, the black
video store owner, and the Latino criminal neighbors.
In fact, while I'm thinking about it now,
there is really almost no plot to this movie. And, there are so few
jokes that relate back to the first "Friday" that you definitely
don't need to see it to understand what is happening in this movie;
this was a big worry for Laura "Habitat" Wilber, but not for Charles
"The Roomie" Longer, who is a "Friday" veteran. Really, the story
just barely is following Ice Cube around; like the last movie, his
character is the least interesting of all, and because he is left to
usually play off the actions of his uncle, his cousin, the Latino
neighbors or his cousin's ex-girlfriend's sister (to name just a
few), I think that Cube is underused. This must have been his idea,
since he did produce the film, helped out with the screenplay and
designed the movie's soundtrack. It's not like he doesn't have any
But, the movie does, and to hilarious
effect. If you are morally opposed to racism, please skip this
film, because it is racist to the hilt with everything you can think
of about stereotypically black, white, Latino, and Asians thrown
into the movie's 100 minutes. Of course, as many of you know, I
love a good racist joke here and there, and so I found myself
laughing when the lead Latino neighbor is mocking Indians at 7-11 in
his think Puerto Rican accent, and when the white mailman is making
fun of blacks in the suburbs, and when Craig's cousin is dissing fat
women ("Fat bitches need love too!"). Hey, what can I say? I'm not
a saint and this movie isn't for the family. But it possesses 15-20
funny lines that need to be heard to be appreciated.
The other part of the movie that needs to be
seen to be appreciated can be summed up like this: hot Latina
women!!! Wow! More movies need to have hot Latina women, and the
world will suddenly be a better place. Unfortunately, no hot Latina
sex scenes, but the world is not a perfect place.
And, the movie is far from perfect. Even as
I sit here right now writing this review (I saw the movie about an
hour ago), it is hard to come up with anything interesting beyond
the normal call of duty. The soundtrack is good, at least from what
I've heard in the movie. And, the ending is really, really weak.
But, Cube & Co. are very good, and hey, that alone should make you
want to see the follow-up to one of the bigger surprises of last
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"Opening Weekend": This is
the highest rating a movie can receive. Reserved for movies that
exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
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that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard