Next Friday

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Lazy, dumb, and misogynistic.
  • R
  • 2000
  • 98 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 8 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Extremely sexist, some issues of racism.


Comic violence, including fighting and lots of guns.





Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Extreme -- smoking, drinking, and drug use very positively portrayed.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is extremely raunchy and includes just about every kind of material except for graphic violence that parents try to keep away from kids. Parents whose kids do see this movie should at least try to talk with them about the portrayal of women (either sexual predators, compliant bimbos or terrifying harridans) and minorities and drugs as a way to bond and to escape worries.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTruemarley December 10, 2020

Classic film! For the culture indeed.

This is a film that’s for individuals 18+!!! There should not be ratings allowed from kids, especially with intention to harm or tarnish this films rating. Once... Continue reading
Adult Written byTakeyshia Luvnm... May 2, 2017
Teen, 17 years old Written byTheTrillonaire July 5, 2013

Iffy for 15+

This is a raunchy movie not for young teens and children.
Teen, 17 years old Written byTheTrillionaire November 24, 2012


I think This is a Raunchy Comedy and is for Older Teens (16+).

What's the story?

This is the sequel to Friday, in which Craig (played by rap star Ice Cube, who co-wrote the screenplay) spent the day smoking pot and beat up the neighborhood bully. Also written by and starring Ice Cube, NEXT FRIDAY has the bully breaking out of prison and looking for revenge. Craig goes off to the suburbs to stay with his uncle, who bought a house with money he won in a lottery. Craig again spends the day smoking pot -- with his Uncle Elroy and Elroy's sexually rapacious girlfriend, and with Elroy's son Day-Day and his friend from work (before they get fired). When they have to raise $3600 to pay off delinquent property taxes, it never occurs to them to earn it or to go to the bank to get a home equity loan. No, clearly the best choice is to steal it from some vicious Latino drug dealers across the street.

Is it any good?

On the one hand, Next Friday is a lazy, dumb, and misogynistic and it promotes pot smoking, unemployment, and burglary. On the other hand, it is genial and unpretentious. If it does not take drug use, crime, racism, and sexism too seriously, it does not take itself too seriously either. Almost every joke in the movie is taken from another movie, but the cast enjoys them so much that they occasionally make it work.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the portrayal of women (either sexual predators, compliant bimbos or terrifying harridans) and minorities and drugs as a way to bond and to escape worries.

Movie details

  • In theaters: January 12, 2000
  • On DVD or streaming: June 6, 2000
  • Cast: Ice Cube, Justin Pierce, Mike Epps
  • Director: Steve Carr
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 98 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong language, drug use and sexual content
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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