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|Directed by||F. Gary Gray (1)|
Steve Carr (2)
Marcus Raboy (3)
|Produced by||Patricia Charbonnet|
|Written by||Ice Cube|
DJ Pooh (1)
John Witherspoon (1-3)
Chris Tucker (1)
Mike Epps (2-3)
Don Curry (2-3)
Tom Lister, Jr. (1-2)
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
|Box office||$121.5 million|
Friday is a stoner comedy film franchise created by Ice Cube and DJ Pooh. The series takes place in South Central Los Angeles and follows the exploits of perpetually unemployed Craig Jones, who along with his friends and relatives, are thrust into various issues that happen to occur on a Friday.
Three films have been released. The first film, Friday, released on April 26, 1995, was a surprise hit and garnered a cult following. The film's success led it to receiving two sequels, Next Friday (2000) and Friday After Next (2002). A short-lived animated series based on the films debuted in 2007 on MTV2 and lasted 8 episodes.
The film takes a look at one single Friday in the life of two friends, Craig Jones (Ice Cube) and Smokey (Chris Tucker), in South Central LA. Craig has recently been fired from his job while attempting to collect his wages, as he was allegedly caught on camera stealing cardboard boxes from UPS, although he claims innocence. Throughout the day, friends and local neighborhood characters pass through, including the hulking neighborhood bully Deebo (Tommy Lister, Jr.). The film's subplot focuses on drug dealer Big Worm (Faizon Love), who warns Craig and Smokey to collect $200 worth of marijuana they smoked (which was supposed to be sold) no later than 10:00 that evening, or Craig and Smokey will be killed.
In the end, Craig manages to overcome all of the day's tribulations, save for finding employment; he and Smokey are able to pay Big Worm, he confronts Deebo and successfully beats him after all of his bullying to everyone else, and he and his pretty neighbor Debbie (Nia Long) hook up.
Next Friday (2000)
Next Friday is a 2000 stoner comedy film, and the sequel to the 1995 film Friday. This is the first film to be produced by producer Ice Cube's film production company Cube Vision. The film is directed by Steve Carr, and stars Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Don "D.C." Curry, John Witherspoon, and Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr.
In the sequel, Deebo has sworn revenge against Craig for beating him up and putting him in jail for four years. He is joined by his little brother, Tyrone (Sticky Fingaz), whom he escaped jail with. Craig's father, Willie decides to send him up to Rancho Cucamonga and live with his uncle's family until Deebo is back in jail. It's there, he learns about the financial problems that Day-Day and his father, Elroy, face. He is also informed by their Korean neighbor, Mrs. Ho-Kim (Amy Hill) with the problems of Karla's older brothers: Joker (Jacob Vargas), Lil' Joker (Lobo Sebastian) and Baby Joker (Rolando Molina). When Craig learns about the drug money hidden in a pipe kept in Joker's room, Craig conspires with Day-Day and Roach to steal it so they can use the money to pay off the debts.
Friday After Next (2002)
At 3:37am on Christmas Eve, Craig (Ice Cube) and Day-Day (Mike Epps) are robbed by a fake Santa Claus (Rickey Smiley) as he stole their presents, Craig's CD collection, Day-Day's baby pictures and a big sandwich. Craig and Day-Day get jobs as rent-a-cops in a strip mall where Willie (John Witherspoon) and Elroy (Don "D.C." Curry) opened up a rib joint, called "Bros. BBQ". They owe rent to their apartment building's manager, Ms. Pearly (BeBe Drake) who threatens the two with the attentions of her burly gay son, Damon Pearly (Terry Crews). Craig is in love with Donna, the girlfriend of a pimp named Money Mike (Katt Williams) who treats her poorly and Craig and Day-Day throw a rent party to get the money for Ms. Pearly.
Cancelled Fourth film titled Last Friday 
According to John Witherspoon, the fourth installment of the series has been greenlit as of April 2017. DJ Pooh reveals in an interview on Drink Champs that he's working on Last Friday with Ice Cube. As of April 2018, Ice Cube stated "Right now we're still writing the movie, making sure that's ahead of the curve and not behind the curve. But I believe we'll start shooting, hopefully by the end of this year." In May 2018, Mike Epps posted a video and image on Instagram with Ice Cube, teasing fans, and they assumed that the film is in production. However, the footage was for the Friday film inspired Big 3 season 2 commercial, and it teased what Last Friday would look like.
On April 29, 2019, Ice Cube stated that the script has been completed, and hopes for it to be released on the 25th anniversary of the original film, which would be 2020. "We are pushing for it, we finished the script, we are getting notes from the studio and it's going back and forth," Cube said. "Get into pre-production and start hiring. It would be nice for this to come out on the 25th anniversary." On June 21, 2019, Ice Cube stated that the movie is coming and he's currently doing a rewrite with DJ Pooh. Four months later, on October 29, 2019, John Witherspoon died, which leaves the fate of his character unknown. On November 14, Ice Cube blamed New Line Cinema for not committing to getting the film made while Witherspoon was alive. Ever since Witherspoon's death, Ice Cube stated that the film was currently on hold although he hopes to get it back on track in the near future.
On December 19, 2020, in the wake of Tommy Lister Jr.'s death, Angela Means claimed on a podcast that the project was cancelled. Similar to Ice Cube, she too blamed New Line Cinema for not devoting themselves to the film's production stating "You let our legends die". On December 20, 2020, Clifton Powell expressed hope that the film would still be in production and that it will include a tribute to John Witherspoon and Tommy Lister Jr.
Friday: The Animated Series (2007)
Cast and characters
|Friday||Next Friday||Friday After Next||Friday: The Animated Series|
|Craig Jones||Ice Cube||Khary Payton|
|Mr. William "Willie" Jones||John Witherspoon||John DiMaggio|
|Deebo||Tom Lister Jr.||Kevin Michael Richardson|
|Clarence "Smokey"||Chris Tucker||Chris Tucker
|Mrs. Betty Jones||Anna Maria Horsford||Anna Maria Horsford
|Anna Maria Horsford||Cree Summer|
|Dana Jones||Regina King|
|Big Worm||Faizon Love||Faizon Love
|Pastor Clever||Bernie Mac|
|Mrs. Parker||Kathleen Bradley|
|Mr. Parker||Tony Cox|
|Joann||Vickilyn Reynolds||Phil LaMarr|
|Ezal||Anthony Johnson||Reno Wilson|
|Joi||Paula Jai Parker|
|Felisha Parker||Angela Means|
|Lil Chris||Jason Bose Smith||N/A|
|Daymond "Day-Day" Jones||Mike Epps|
|Uncle Elroy Jones||Don "D.C." Curry||N/A|
|Pinky||Clifton Powell||Phil LaMarr|
|Auntie Suga||Kym E. Whitley|
|Lil Joker||Lobo Sebastian||Silent cameo|
|Baby Joker||Rolando Molina|
|Baby D'||Robin Allen|
|Money Mike||Katt Williams||N/A|
|Damon Pearly||Terry Crews|
|Mrs. Pearly||Bebe Drake|
|Robber Santa Claus||Rickey Smiley||Silent cameo|
|Officer Brian Dix||Reggie Gaskins|
|Officer Alvin Hole||Joel McKinnon Miller|
|Friday||Next Friday||Friday After Next|
|Director(s)||F. Gary Gray||Steve Carr||Marcus Raboy|
|Producer(s)||Patricia Charbonnet||Ice Cube||Ice Cube and Matt Alvarez|
|Writer(s)||Ice Cube and DJ Pooh||Ice Cube|
|Composers(s)||N/A||Terence Blanchard||John Murphy|
|Cinematographer(s)||Gerry Lively||Christopher J. Baffa||Glen MacPherson|
|Editor(s)||John Carter||Elena Maganini||Suzanne Hines|
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