Friday After Next (2002)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Buddy Film, Urban Comedy  |   Release Date - Nov 22, 2002 (USA)  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Jeremy Wheeler

For the third installment of Ice Cube's Friday series, the filmmakers do the impossible and manage to up the comedic stakes while delivering a new holiday favorite in Friday After Next. If it's laughs you want, then that's what you're gonna get here. Gone is the urban drama aspects that plagued the first two films, replaced instead with more wacky situations, riddled with some of the most outrageous ensemble performances in some time (highlighting the early appearances of Katt Williams, Maz Jobrani. and Terry Crews, among others). Most of the main Friday cast members are back and in fine hilarious form as well, once again supported by comedian John Witherspoon, who consistently kills each and every scene he's in. Surprisingly, it's Mike Epps that pulls in the most laughs as Cube's returning cousin Day-Day. Working off of a promising performance in Next Friday, Epps comes into his own here and does his very best to shrug off Chris Tucker's looming shadow in the franchise. Add in non-stop dialogue and a breezy 82-minute running time, and Friday After Next easily makes up for the first slapdash sequel and solidifies its own place in the series which most viewers foolishly all but write off after the first film.