Friday After Next is a 2002 American comedy film directed by Marcus Raboy, starring Ice Cube and Mike Epps.
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The movie begins when a robber (Rickey Smiley), disguised as Santa Claus, breaks into Craig (Ice Cube) and Day-Day's (Mike Epps) house at 3:37 AM on Christmas Eve. Craig fights with the robber, trashing their apartment while making frantic, futile attempts to wake Day-Day. The robber escapes with Craig and Day-Day's Christmas presents and rent money.
The same morning, the police come over to get a report and after they leave, Ms. Pearly (Bebe Drake) comes in and says that if the two do not pay their rent money by the end of the day, she will evict them. Furthermore, she promises to send her homosexual ex-convict son, Damon (Terry Crews) (who just got out of prison after twelve years) after them if they do not pay in a timely manner.
The same day, Craig and Day-Day get jobs as "Top Flight Security Guards" from Moly (Maz Jobrani), the property manager and owner of a notoriously squalid doughnut shop and the shopping center that they are assigned to patrol.Later that day, they meet Donna (K.D. Aubert) and Money Mike (Katt Williams), who run a fledgling shop called "Pimps and Hoes." The shopping center is also the home of a BBQ rib restaurant called 'Bros. BBQ', owned by the cousins' fathers, Willie (John Witherspoon) and Elroy (Don "D.C." Curry).
A couple of baseheads try to rob Money Mike's store and Craig and Day-Day catch them both. Mike offers them a cash reward, but Craig denies it and invites him to his party. Willie and Elroy are having trouble with some of the children. When one of them kicks Elroy, he retaliates by taking out a belt and starts a series of beatings on the kids.
Then, a gang of thugs (supposedly the grandsons of some carolers that were chased off by Day-Day for loitering in front of the corner store) begin to chase Craig and Day-Day, but, unable to catch them, they proceed to beat Moly for hiding them, resulting in the two losing their jobs. As revenge, Willie rats Moly out to the Department of Health.
Craig and Day-Day throw a rent party later that night to recoup their stolen money and stay in their apartment. While Money Mike is in the restroom, Damon attempts to sexually assault him, but fails when Money Mike grabs his testicles with pliers. Damon then proceeds to chase him when he tries to run away.
Also Ms. Pearly comes on to Craig's father when he uses her bathroom, causing Craig's mother to attack Ms. Pearly when she catches the two. Craig and Day-Day see the robber and give chase, running into other obstacles and are ultimately unsuccessful. Eventually, the robber gets run over by Pinky's limousine.
The movie then ends when Craig and Day-Day retrieve their Christmas presents and tie and gag the robber up on a chimney.
During the credits, it is revealed that Craig and Donna hooked up after Craig returned, Damon is still chasing Money Mike throughout the hood, and that Ms. Pearly tried to stop the party by calling the police, but they left after receiving marijuana as a bribe.
- Ice Cube as Craig Jones
- Mike Epps as Day-Day Jones/Old Man with Shotgun
- John Witherspoon as Mr. Willie Jones
- Don "D.C." Curry as Uncle Elroy
- Anna Maria Horsford as Mrs. Betty Jones
- Clifton Powell as Pinky
- Terry Crews as Damon Pearly
- Katt Williams as Money Mike
- K.D. Aubert as Donna
- Maz Jobrani as Moly
- Reggie Gaskins as Officer Dix
- Rickey Smiley as Robber Santa Claus
- Sommore as Cookie
- Starletta DuPois as Sister Sarah
- Bebe Drake as Mrs. Pearly
- Joel McKinnon Miller as Officer Hole
- Trina McGee-Davis as Cinnamon
The original film title was supposed to be called "Final Friday," but the producers felt that the title was too similar to the movie Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday and they didn't want rule out the possibility of a fourth film.
In the original script, the character of Roach was supposed to be featured, but after actor Justin Pierce's suicide in 2000, the script was re-written.
Chris Tucker was asked to reprise his role in the third film, but turned it down and then less than an hour later, Mike Epps called & asked to reprise his role.
"Friday After Next" debuted at #1 at the box office, grossing $14,465,156 during its opening weekend.
Domestically, the film grossed $57,328,603, $2,498,725 internationally and $59,827,328 worldwide.
"Friday After Next" received a 25% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 71 reviews, with an average rating of 4.2/10.
The site's critical consensus reads, "This Friday installment is more shapeless and stale than its predecessors".
Roger Ebert gave the movie two stars, saying the film includes humor that will "cause some to laugh and others to cringe".
The New York Times said the film "cranks up an impressive amount of energy".