Next Friday



Lazy, dumb, and misogynistic.
  • Review Date: May 19, 2003
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 98 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Extremely sexist, some issues of racism.


Comic violence, including fighting and lots of guns.





Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

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.

Families can talk 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

Theatrical release date:January 12, 2000
DVD release date:June 6, 2000
Cast:Ice Cube, Justin Pierce, Mike Epps
Director:Steve Carr
Studio:Warner Bros.
Run time:98 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong language, drug use and sexual content

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Teen, 17 years old Written byoctober1985 July 21, 2009
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old November 22, 2009

raunchy movie,hilarious

Funny as heck! Loved it.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byCastellanos March 21, 2009

Not as funny as the first "Friday"

"Next Friday" has all of your favorite characters from the original "Friday", except for Smokey (Chris Tucker), which may be why this don't have the charm of the first "Friday" movie. "Next Friday" isn't a very good comedy. The jokes aren't very good, and at times, they are so cliqued that it's hard to watch. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone but the die-hard fans of the first "Friday" movie. As for questionable content, there is lots and lots of profanity including f**k, n***a, s**t, b***h, p***y, and others. The is a fight scene near the end which is played for laughs then violence. There is a couple scenes of people smoking weed, and one feeds it to a dog (the dog is okay in the end). There is foreplay, off screen sex, characters grabbing woman's breasts, sex toys, and many characters are misogynistic.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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