Plot: What’s it about?
Friday follows the lives of two inner city teens through a day (guess which one). Craig (Ice Cube) plays a guy who just got fired from his job the day before (on his day off, none the less) and has to deal with his parents about paying rent and getting a replacement job or going on to college. The other, “Smokey” played by Chris Tucker (in basically his same schtick that he has used for every movie since this) plays a local small time drug dealer, who has a habit of “getting to the goods” before his customers do.
What’s good about “Friday” is that it deals with real life issues, while not trying to be as serious as a movie like “New Jack City” or “Boyz in the Hood”. Each a good movie, too. It has a type of comedy that is slapstick, but you know that it’s serious, too. A good example would be the “real” drug dealer named “Big Worm (Perm)”, who can be taken as a joke, but there is a real fear about him…
The movie does have it’s serious segment, towards the end, and I don’t want to give anything away…other than this–This movie is a riot, I laughed so hard, it hurt! Check this special edition out!!!
Video: How does it look?
A dual-layered, 16:9 enhanced movie that’s only 90 minutes long can only mean one thing…a great picture. Colors were sharp and bright, and not a single bit of digital artifacting. There was a bit of “softness” to the edges, but that’s nit picking. Otherwise, a great picture. Another great one from New Line.
Audio: How does it sound?
The sound was Dolby Digital 2.0 (Surround), and since this is the first movie that I was going to watch with my new receiver, I was a little miffed…but it’s NOT THAT BAD! There is a great soundtrack that only adds to the movie’s humor and all channels sound crisp and clean. Not bad, wish all Surround’s sounded this way.
Supplements: What are the extras?
With 7, count ’em, 7 deleted scenes a few music videos some theatrical trailers and production notes…the only thing missing was a commentary. But lovers of the movie will be more than satisfied with what was provided, I was.