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  • 40

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    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Rather like a cross between "Up in Smoke" and an episode of "The Jeffersons, Friday is a crudely made, sometimes funny bit of porchfront humor from the 'hood.

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  • 50

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    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    The more real Friday gets, the better it is. [26 Apr 1995]

  • 60

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    The New York Times

    Friday may touch its young target audience. For everyone else, it is more intriguing as a social problem than a movie.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times

    It's the right format for this scattershot jokefest, which at times resembles a vaudeville act crossed with the kind of goofy bludgeoning antics that sometimes make it into gangsta MTV videos. [26 Apr 1995]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

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Ice Cube's drug- and profanity-filled 'hood cult classic.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is a drug- and profanity-filled cult classic written by and starring the rapper Ice Cube; it's likely that most teens will have heard of it and will be interested in seeing it. One major character is a comical pot dealer who smokes his own inventory all day; this leads to a shootout, but an even more prominent scene is the brutal, climactic fist-fight between Cube and the block's mountain-sized bully. The movie has been accused of misogyny, and not without reason; the women are mostly either sexual objects or objects of scornful humor. It is also filled with sex talk, drug talk, and non-stop profanity, as well as insults of a racial and sexual nature. However, aside from all this, Friday is genuinely interesting in many ways, and is more culturally and historically notable than it may appear. It spawned two sequels and an animated TV series.

  • Families can talk about the drugs in the characters' lives. Did Craig learn his lesson after he smoked pot? Should he have given in when he didn't want to? Does Smokey learn any lesson about his drug use?
  • How did the film's violence make you feel? Was it thrilling, or did it have a harsher effect?
  • How did you feel about the women in the film? Did any of them seem like strong people, or were they stereotypes?

The good stuff
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    Messages: There are glimpses of goodness, but in general, the overall behavior of the people in this neighborhood is not so great. Characters gossip about one another and laugh at each other's misfortunes. Characters are drug dealers and shoot guns at one another. (Knives are also pulled.) Characters steal from one another. A bully terrorizes the neighborhood. Some characters smoke pot. Some characters "sleep around." On the plus side, though the bad behavior is played for laughs, it's not celebrated. Some characters with good intentions are rewarded, and some bad characters learn their lessons.

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    Role models: It could be argued that Craig is something of a positive role model, even though he uses foul language, loses his job, smokes pot, gossips, ogles women, and spends the day being lazy. He starts the movie as a passive, helpless character, lectured by parents, henpecked by a horrible girlfriend, and losing his job on his day off (!). By the end of the film, he learns to be active, to stand up for himself, and to do it without the aid of the gun he keeps in his room. He even stands up to the neighborhood bully. Moreover, he does not do drugs, and when he tries some pot once in the film, he instantly regrets it.

What to watch for
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    Violence: There's a knockdown, drag-out fist-fight that feels absolutely real; each blow lands with painful impact, and the fight incorporates bricks, boards, and garbage cans. Besides that, there's a shootout sequence that feels more movie-ish. Craig keeps a gun in his room, and there's talk about how much of a "man" it makes him. Knives are pulled. Otherwise, there are threats and plenty of characters treating each other with disrespect.

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    Sex: No nudity or onscreen sex, but characters talk about sex a great deal. There's some flirting and several women in revealing clothing, notably a woman who is seen watering her front yard (in slow motion) while wearing tiny cut-off shorts and a tank top. Two characters are seen sleeping in bed together, and there's a suggestion of off-screen sex as one character goes inside her house with the intention of seducing her.

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    Language: A full-force language assault, right from the first few seconds, including "s--t" and "f--k" and all their permutations, plus the "N" word, "p---y," "t-ts," "ass," "bastard," "hell," "damn," "God," "Goddamn," and "bitch," and that's just in the first 20 minutes. Additionally, there are bathroom jokes, sex jokes, drug jokes, and various other off-color jokes.

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    Consumerism: Several mentions of "Kool-Aid."

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: No one is an addict here, and not everyone does drugs, but one of the two main characters is a drug dealer and smokes pot throughout the entire movie. In one sequence, he encourages Craig to try it, and Craig quickly regrets it when a girl he likes comes over to his house. There's a reference to angel dust, and a minor character is referred to as a "crackhead." A character's mother sends him out for cigarettes.