The Friday film series is a stoner comedy created by Ice Cube and DJ Pooh. The comedy centers on Craig Jones, a perpetually unemployed character who, along with his friends and family, is pushed into various situations that arise on Fridays.
The Friday Movies in Order
- Friday – 26 April 1995
- Next Friday – 12 January 2000
- Friday After Next – 22 November 2002
The original film, Friday (1995), was a sleeper hit and has garnered a large cult following. The film’s success led to two sequels, Next Friday (2000) and Friday After Next (2002), which were also box office successes. A short-lived animated series based on the films debuted in 2007.
Will There Be Any More Friday Films in the Future?
On June 21, 2019, Ice Cube revealed that the film is on its way and he’s working on a rewrite with DJ Pooh right now. Four months later, on October 29, 2019, John Witherspoon died.
Ice Cube has accused New Line Cinema of putting the production on hold after Witherspoon’s death. Ice Cube said that the film was currently on hold, although he hoped to get it back on track in the near future.
Ice Cube revealed on May 7, 2021, that he had completed two scripts for the film. The first one would have concerned Craig and Day-Day attempting to survive in prison after their Cannabis Dispensary was stolen by a Flash mob. They both would have then found themselves in a Rehabilitation hospital run by Smokey.
Cube did not give any precise details on the second script, although, he stated it would have focused on a love story.
Friday movies Rating and Where to Watch Them Online?
|Friday (1995)||7.2||75%||Amazon Prime|
|Next Friday (2000)||6.1||21%||Amazon Prime|
|Friday After Next (2002)||5.7||26%||Amazon Prime|
- Director: F. Gary Gray
- Runtime: 1h 31m
The first film in the franchise follows Craig Jones (Ice Cube), a recently unemployed worker who is dealing with the pressures of living in South Central Los Angeles. On the advice of his friend Smokey (Chris Tucker), Craig decides to spend the day getting high and hanging out with his friends.
However, things take a turn for the worse when Craig’s drug dealer, Big Worm (Faizon Love), demands payment for the weed Craig smoked. Desperate to come up with the money, Craig turns to his neighbor, Mr. Jones (Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister), for a loan.
When Mr. Jones refuses, Craig and Smokey devise a plan to rob a local convenience store. The robbery does not go as planned and Craig ends up getting shot.
Next Friday (2000)
- Director: Steve Carr
- Runtime: 1h 38m
In the second film, set two years after the events of the first film, Craig is living with his parents after being released from prison. He soon realizes that his old neighborhood is now overrun with gangs and decides to move in with his uncle Elroy (Don ‘D.C.’ Curry) in the suburbs.
While living in the suburbs, Craig meets his new next-door neighbor, Debbie (Tamala Jones). The two quickly develop a friendship and Craig even begins to date Debbie’s cousin, Jasmine (Nia Long).
However, trouble soon arises when Craig’s father, Willie (John Witherspoon), is evicted from his home and has to move in with Craig and Elroy.
Willie quickly becomes a nuisance and Craig is forced to deal with his antics, as well as the advances of Jasmine’s ex-boyfriend, Debo (Mike Epps).
Friday After Next (2002)
- Director: Marcus Raboy
- Runtime: 1h 18m
In the third and final film, set during the Christmas season, Craig and his friend Day-Day (Mike Epps) are now working as security guards at a local mall. The two friends quickly find themselves in hot water when they fail to stop a group of thieves from robbing Santa Claus.
To make matters worse, the thieves steal Craig and Day-Day’s rent money, leaving them unable to pay their landlord, Mr. Wick (Katt Williams).
With no other options, Craig and Day-Day are forced to take shelter in an abandoned apartment that is inhabited by a group of squatters.
Now, Craig and Day-Day must find a way to get their rent money back, while also dealing with the squatters, as well as Mr. Wick’s angry girlfriend, Donna (Pam Grier).