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A Thousand Words Trailer


Jack McCall is a literary agent who has a way with words. He knows just what to say to use any situation to his advantage. For example: after joining a long queue at his favourite coffee shop, Jack became impatient and faked an emergency phone call in order to get himself to the front.

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Next Friday Review


Weak
I usually don't like sequels. The mind-numbing rehash of characters; the bad puns that related to subject matter from the original film; the vain attempt at trying to create something "new and fresh" that turns into an overstuffed turkey and usually follows the same blueprint. I mean, who the hell gave the OK for such films as The Crow 2 and Universal Solider: The Return. Only a few films, which I can probably count on my right hand, have equaled or surpassed the original -- The Empire Strikes Back, Godfather II. When I walked into Next Friday, I must admit I carried this feeling in with me. When I walked out, I wasn't surprised by my reaction to the film.

Let me make one thing clear before I proceed. I loved the original Friday. The inner city setting gave such a rich backdrop to a wonderful ensemble of interesting and colorful characters. The interactions of these characters let the film breathe life back into the territory previously covered by the Hughes Brothers and John Singleton, and then ridiculed by the Wayans Clan. The film also introduced the directing debut of F. Gary Gray and the acting debut of Chris Tucker. Ice Cube, one of the original writers and producers of Friday, tries to recapture the innocence and originality of the previous film but ends up failing by not producing the same even-flow of character interaction and storyline so prevalent in the original.

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Friday After Next Review


Weak

After writing and starring in the funny homeboys-and-hemp comedies "Friday" and "Next Friday," rapper-actor Ice Cube isn't quite out of ripe screwball ideas, but "Friday After Next" spreads them pretty thin. In fact, the "Pink Panther"-styled cartoon opening credits are the biggest laugh in the movie.

Story proper begins with slapstick cousins Craig (Cube) and Day-Day (Mike Epps) back in Compton after spending the last film in the suburbs. Desperate for rent money after a "ghetto Santa" breaks into their apartment at Christmas time, swiping presents and cash, the guys take seasonal security jobs at a dilapidated strip mall where their grumpy, squabbling dads (John Witherspoon and Don "D.C." Curry) have a barbecue joint.

Armed with nothing but a second-hand uniform and a whistle, thickwit Day-Day thinks he's suddenly a supercop, rousting church-lady carolers for loitering, but running away from gangbangers when he rubs them the wrong way. Meanwhile Craig has his eye on a drop-dead gorgeous salesgirl (K.D. Aubert) at the strip's new clothing outlet, Pimps & Hos. (Other stores include Holy Moly Donuts, check cashing, liquor and 94-cent stores, and Toyz in the Hood.)

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A Thousand Words Trailer

A Thousand Words Trailer

Jack McCall is a literary agent who has a way with words. He knows just...

Next Friday Movie Review

Next Friday Movie Review

I usually don't like sequels. The mind-numbing rehash of characters; the bad puns that...

Friday After Next Movie Review

Friday After Next Movie Review

After writing and starring in the funny homeboys-and-hemp comedies "Friday" and "Next Friday," rapper-actor Ice...

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