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(2002) (Ice Cube, Mike Epps) (R)

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Comedy: Two friends have one day to come up with their rent money after a ghetto Santa Claus steals it, their presents and other belongings.
It's Friday and it's not going to be a Merry Christmas for Craig (ICE CUBE) and Day-Day (MIKE EPPS) due to a ghetto Santa Claus (RICKEY SMILEY) breaking into their place and stealing their presents and other belongings, including their rent money. Their downstairs landlord, Miss Pearly (BEBE DRAKE), informs them that they have just one day to pay her or else she'll sic Damon (TERRY CREWS), her recently released and quite muscular inmate son who now likes men, on them.

Thus, they decide to get jobs as low-level security guards for strip mall owner Moly (MAZ JOBRANI) whose row of stores includes Bros. Bar-B-Q run by Craig's parents Willie (JOHN WITHERSPOON) and Mrs. Jones (ANNA MARIA HORSFORD) and Day-Day's father, Uncle Elroy (DON "D.C." CURRY), who has a new girlfriend, Cookie (SOMMORE). Then there's the Pimp N' Ho's clothing store run by diminutive pimp Money Mike (KATT WILLIAMS), whose girlfriend, Donna (K.D. AUBERT), has caught the eye of both Craig and Day-Day.

The two security guards are supposed to report any incidents to local cops Dix (REGGIE GASKINS) and Hole (JOEL McKINNON MILLER) who spend most of their time in the donut shop run by Moly. Yet, Day-Day lets the job go to his head and his in-your-face policing soon leads to varied encounters with various patrons, thieves and tough punks, putting both their jobs and lives in jeopardy.

As Friday winds down and their predicament grows more dire, Craig and Day-Day try to figure out what to do and whether to hold their Christmas party where the likes of Pinky (CLIFTON POWELL) and others they've encountered during the day, will gather for holiday cheer.

If they liked the first two "Friday" films, it's a good bet they will.
For language, sexual content and drug use.
  • ICE CUBE plays a man who takes a security guard job with his friend after his rent money is stolen. He uses strong profanity, smokes pot, fights with several people and tries hitting on and eventually beds another man's girlfriend.
  • MIKE EPPS plays his goofy friend who also uses strong profanity, smokes pot, and lets his security position go to his head.
  • RICKEY SMILEY plays a thief dressed as Santa who robs various homes.
  • BEBE DRAKE plays their landlord who uses strong profanity, smokes pot and tries to seduce Craig's father.
  • TERRY CREWS plays her burly son who's just been released from prison and likes men (he prepares to rape Money Mike in one scene).
  • MAZ JOBRANI plays a seedy strip mall owner who gives Craig and Day-Day their jobs and runs an unsanitary donut shop.
  • JOHN WITHERSPOON plays Craig's father who's part owner of a Bar-B-Q business. He uses strong profanity.
  • ANNA MARIA HORSFORD plays Craig's mom.
  • DON "D.C." CURRY plays Day-Day's father who views himself as a player and briefly shares a joint with Craig and Day-Day. He uses strong profanity.
  • KATT WILLIAMS plays a diminutive pimp who runs a pimp-based clothing store and isn't always nice to Donna.
  • K.D. AUBERT plays his beautiful and shapely girlfriend who catches the eye of Craig and Day-Day and eventually beds the former.
  • REGGIE GASKINS and JOEL McKINNON MILLER play two cops who spend most of their time in the donut shop and make fun of the two security guards.
  • CLIFTON POWELL plays a wealthy player who attends Craig and Day-Day's Christmas party.


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    Here's a quick look at the content found in this R-rated comedy. Profanity consists of at least 56 "f" words, while plenty of other expletives and colorful phrases are also used. Sexually explicit dialogue is also present, while scantily clad women and men are seen in various scenes. Some humor revolves around a recently released prison inmate being interested in men and nearly raping a much smaller man in a bathroom. Heterosexual sex is implied late in the film.

    Various characters smoke pot, while some drinking is also present as are various instances of imitative behavior and brief crude humor. Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, while violence (all played for laughs) includes fighting and other such physical contact, a man shooting at others with a shotgun and some slapstick style material. A man's face has some bloody cuts on it after being roughed up.

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  • The Santa thief drinks from a bottle in a brown paper bag.
  • We see a decorated cannabis plant in Craig and Day-Day's place.
  • As Day-Day sleeps, we hear him mumbling that all he wants for Christmas is "two fat bitches and a bag of weed."
  • During the animated opening credits sequence, we see a sign that reads "Hollyweed" (rather than Hollywood), as well as a cartoon version of Pinky holding a drink and a cartoon version of the Santa thief smoking pot behind a cannabis plant.
  • Some cops find Craig and Day-Day's pot plant and say they have to take it with them (with one cop smelling and biting at the leaves). Craig says it's for Day-Day's cataracts and lazy eye, but the cops take it anyway.
  • We see some cops smoking pot in their cruiser.
  • Craig pulls out a joint and tells Day-Day to fire it up to calm him down. Day-Day doesn't want to, but eventually does and he, Craig and then Elroy all share the joint.
  • Miss Pearly lets herself into the guys' apartment and starts rummaging around. She then finds some of their pot and takes some for herself.
  • Money Mike states that he was going to get drunk and watch the Grinch.
  • We see someone pouring liquor into the eggnog at a party.
  • Miss Pearly smokes a joint.
  • Pinky holds a drink.
  • We hear that Elroy got drunk at a party and passed out (but don't see that).
  • For those who don't like unsanitary eating establishments, we see many flies in Moly's donut shop.
  • Moly has a little bit of blood on his face after being punched.
  • Willie has to use the bathroom and goes down to Miss Pearly's place to ask to use hers. He then sits on the toilet and we hear loud farting/diarrhea sounds.
  • The bad Santa has some bloody cuts on his face after a fight.
  • The Santa thief robs various homes of Christmas and other belongings.
  • Day-Day lets his security guard position go to his head and he acts mean and disrespectful toward various people (in a comical fashion).
  • Craig calls Day-Day "remedial" and then says that he means "retarded."
  • Moly and Officers Dix and Hole laugh at Craig and Day-Day about being robbed at gunpoint.
  • Miss Pearly lets herself into the guys' apartment and starts rummaging around.
  • A couple tries to shoplift clothes from a store by pretending that the woman is pregnant, but then replacing a half-deflated basketball under her shirt with stolen clothes.
  • Money Mike isn't nice or respectful to his girlfriend.
  • Some hoodlums have bad attitudes and rough up some people while after Craig and Day-Day.
  • Craig hits on Donna despite Money Mike being her boyfriend and Miss Pearly tries to seduce Willie despite knowing that he's married.
  • It's possible that a few viewers might find scenes listed under "Violence" as tense including a near homosexual rape scene, but it and the rest of the material is played only for laughs.
  • During the animated opening credits sequence, we see a man holding a cartoon shotgun and then hear some gunfire and see several signs being riddled with gunfire.
  • The Santa thief acts as if he has a gun in a brown paper bag to rob Elroy, Craig and Day-Day.
  • A man with a shotgun repeatedly fires at Craig, Day-Day and others (in an out of control fashion) during a chase sequence that results in property damage but no injuries.
  • Due to crowd noise, some of the dialogue could not be heard. That said, we did hear the following phrases: "Merry Christmas, m*therf*cker," "Do your f*cking job," "That's f*cked up," "Who the f*ck are you?" "F*ck you and your whistle," "Get the f*ck out of here," "You got knocked the f*ck out," "This sh*t hurts," "I don't give a sh*t," "Dogsh*t," "Bullsh*t," "That sh*t is boring," "Piece of sh*t," "Ain't doing sh*t," "Nigger" (or variations thereof said many times), "Bitch" (or variations thereof for men and women said many times), "Ugly ass," "What the hell /are you doing in my house/is going on/was that?" "Big ass," "Black ass," "Get your scary ass up," "Sit your ass down," "Shut up," "Kick your ass," "Ain't that a bitch?" "Smart ass," "Fag," "Shut up, bitch," "Yeah, boy," "Retarded," "Old ass," "Bad ass," "Calm your ass down," "Broke ass," "Dirty bastards," "It ain't your booty, it's your beauty," "Nasty ass," "Hell no," "Piss" (urinate), "I'll bitch slap your ass," "Nuts" and "Balls" (testicles), "Heifer" (woman) and "Fine ass."
  • The Santa thief throws his bottle in a brown paper bag to the street (littering) and then loudly belches.
  • Damon has a tattoo across his chest.
  • The Santa thief acts as if he has a gun in a brown paper bag to rob Elroy, Craig and Day-Day.
  • A couple tries to shoplift clothes from a store by pretending that the woman is pregnant, but then replacing a half-deflated basketball under her shirt with stolen clothes.
  • We see someone pouring liquor into the eggnog at a party.
  • Money Mike finds a large pair of pliers and uses them to grab and twist Damon's clothed crotch, causing the large man a great deal of pain (the twisting and squeezing continues for several minutes and is all played for laughs).
  • None.
  • A tiny bit of comically suspenseful music plays in the film.
  • Several songs had lyrics that couldn't be understood (thus offering the possibility of potentially objectionable lyrics being in them), while a song that plays during the closing credits had various uses of the "s" word in it.
  • Due to crowd noise, some of the dialogue could not be heard. That said, we did hear at least 56 "f" words (24 used with "mother" and 2 used sexually), 80 "s" words, 6 slang terms for female genitals ("p*ssy"), 2 for male genitals ("d*ck" and "Willie"), 3 slang terms for breasts (variations of "t*t"), 78 asses (2 used with "hole"), 27 damns, 19 hells, 1 S.O.B. (and another incomplete one), 12 uses of "G-damn" and 1 use each of "God," "Lord" and "Swear to God" as exclamations.
  • Due to crowd noise, some of the sexually related dialogue could not be heard in full.
  • As Day-Day sleeps, we hear him mumbling that all he wants for Christmas is "two fat bitches and a bag of weed." He then amends that to two such women who smell like cheeseburgers so that he can do something with them.
  • Day-Day worries about the "ho's" they were going to invite to their party who would "f*ck for a buck," do something strange for a little change, and something else about something from the back that Craig says he's never had.
  • In a flashback, we briefly see Day-Day humping his pillow in jail.
  • Miss Pearly states that after 12 years in prison, her son Damon likes "girls" such as Craig and Day-Day. She then says that if she doesn't receive their rent, "Somebody's getting their salad tossed tonight." She then tells Craig that she says "hi" to his daddy and suggestively sticks out her tongue and licks while doing so.
  • Day-Day complains that he's never going to get any "p*ssy" in the security guard clothes he's wearing. Craig then says that rent-a-cops can get "p*ssy" as well.
  • Damon makes Craig and Day-Day come over to him (while he wears just boxers) so that he can give them a hug (somewhat violently and around their necks). He then suggestively grabs his own clothed crotch after they leave.
  • Elroy's girlfriend Cookie shows cleavage. She then sits on Elroy's lap and he stares at and apparently licks her cleavage.
  • Elroy comments that Willie is "p*ssy whipped," prompting him to state, "I whip p*ssy."
  • Day-Day does some pelvic thrusting in front of Craig's grandmother as she sits on a chair with her legs partially spread (but she isn't doing so in a sexual fashion).
  • Willie tauntingly tells Elroy, "My d*ck is bigger than yours."
  • While asking about their duties as security guards, Craig wonders what to do if they come across some girl giving a guy "head" back behind the trash cans.
  • Donna wears very tight clothing over her curvy body.
  • Moly states that he has 12 wives and that all of them are "freaks" (meaning sexual in nature).
  • We see Damon sitting on the couch in just his boxers and then getting aroused while watching a male rapper on TV (that we don't see). During this, his facial expression shows arousal and he moves his crotch around.
  • Miss Pearly lets herself into the guys' apartment and starts rummaging around. She then finds a magazine showing a woman just covering her bare breasts as well as a condom in a wrapper (and she says "Wishful thinking").
  • Mrs. Jones shows a lot of cleavage.
  • Pinky shows up with some scantily clad women he claims he brought for Craig and Day-Day. Craig playfully slaps one of these women on her clothed butt, while we see part of the bottom of one woman's breast in the revealing outfit she wears. One woman wears a fishnet outfit that shows lots of skin, but nothing explicit. A comment is made that someone should grab one of these women and "get your boogie on."
  • When Damon spots Money Mike come in and Craig comments that he's Donna's lucky charm, Damon says that Money Mike looks magically delicious (homosexual innuendo) and refers to him as fresh fish. He then goes into the bathroom where we see Money Mike standing in front of the toilet with his pants down around his ankles (we see part of the side of his bare butt). Damon then approaches him with the intent of raping him (all played for laughs). Later, and still in the bathroom, Damon says that he likes his fish wet and squirmy and there's a comment about a wet dream. Nothing else happens, however, as Money Mike suddenly finds a large pair of pliers and grabs and twists Damon's clothed crotch.
  • Craig gets Donna into his bedroom and then sits with her on his bed. The two nearly kiss after he says he wants to do some things to her (and asks if she wants to lie back), but Craig interrupts them (asking about condoms/rubbers). When she then leaves, Craig laments that he's never going to get any "p*ssy."
  • Miss Pearly comes on to Willie and seductively lies on her couch, wondering what he'll do to help Craig with his rent problem. She grabs Willie by the crotch and pulls him on top of her, but he tries to resist. She says that she's heard he's called "great big Willie." They're eventually interrupted and Craig accuses her of trying to give his daddy V.D.
  • A woman shows cleavage.
  • We see Day-Day in bed with two women under the covers (but nothing is happening).
  • Craig states that he got an early Christmas present as we see Donna in his room.
  • Moly smokes a cigar.
  • None.
  • Male on male intended rape (played for laughs here).
  • Drug use.
  • All of the following is played for intended laughs.
  • Slapstick style material has various characters falling down in various scenes.
  • Craig chases after the Santa robber and throws something at him. A table is overturned and Craig smashes the guy down onto a table and then repeatedly punches him. The thief then repeatedly punches Craig in the gut and tries to run away, but Craig trips him. The thief then repeatedly hits Craig with his Christmas tree.
  • Damon grabs Craig and Day-Day and has his large and muscular arms around their necks as he threatens them about their late rent.
  • The slogan for Brothers Bar-B-Q is that it's so good, you want to slap your momma (we then see Mr. Jones slap his mother in a commercial).
  • Thinking they've spotted the Santa thief, Craig and Day-Day run into a restaurant and tackle a man dressed up like Santa. They repeatedly punch and kick him, but it turns out to be Willie.
  • Willie's wife slaps him on the back of the head.
  • Willie and Moly slap each other several times while reenacting the slap from a TV commercial.
  • Trying to control him from overacting on the job, Craig pushes Day-Day backwards and then down to the ground.
  • The Santa thief acts as if he has a gun in a brown paper bag to rob Elroy, Craig and Day-Day (at gunpoint).
  • Craig's dog bites Miss Pearly on the butt (nothing graphic).
  • Day-Day's father slaps him on the head.
  • As Craig and Day-Day grab two shoplifters, the woman repeatedly tries to hit Day-Day and flails at him. Craig and Day-Day then have to hold back Money Mike when he approaches the thieves with a straight-razor.
  • Some hoodlums chase after Craig and Day-Day and knock down part of a wooden fence during the pursuit, and one then knocks down Money Mike. Later, one of them punches Moly in the face and Craig and Day-Day then jump down from a roof onto the roof of someone's car, denting it.
  • Elroy, dressed as a reindeer, spanks some kids with whatever he's holding in his hand.
  • After Damon appears ready to rape Money Mike (played for laughs), the pimp finds a large pair of pliers and uses them to grab and twist Damon's clothed crotch, causing the large man a great deal of pain (the twisting and squeezing continues for several minutes).
  • Willie's wife grabs Miss Pearly by her hair after finding Willie on top of her on a couch.
  • Craig and Day-Day grab the fake Santa and Craig repeatedly hits him with a Christmas tree (although he ends up hitting Day-Day just as much). The Santa then pushes Craig down and tries to jump out a window but hits the wood covering it. He then escapes and the two chase after him. During this, the Santa is literally clotheslined and falls to the ground, and a thug punches him in the face and then he and others throw Santa through a second story window (he lands on an awning and then the ground below)
  • Meanwhile, a man with a shotgun repeatedly fires at Craig and Day-Day (in an out of control fashion), and then at others as well, causing some property damage but no injuries, while some thugs grab Craig and Day-Day and hit one with cue sticks while an old man hits the other with a cane.
  • A limo runs over the bad Santa (flipping him over the top), injuring him some more (all played for laughs).

  • Reviewed November 19, 2002 / Posted November 22, 2002

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