Friday After Next

Friday After Next is a 2002 American Christmas stoner comedy film directed by Marcus Raboy and starring Ice Cube (who also wrote the film) and Mike Epps. It is the third installment in the Friday series. The film was theatrically released on November 22, 2002, to minor box office success but generally negative reviews. This film has since gained a cult following.

Friday After Next
Friday After Next Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMarcus Raboy
Produced byIce Cube
Matt Alvarez
Written byIce Cube
Based onCharacters
by Ice Cube
DJ Pooh
StarringIce Cube
Mike Epps
John Witherspoon
Don "D.C." Curry
Anna Maria Horsford
Clifton Powell
Katt Williams
K.D. Aubert
Rickey Smiley
Bebe Drake
Maz Jobrani
Chris Williams
Khleo Thomas
Daniel Curtis Lee
Narrated byIce Cube
Music byJohn Murphy
CinematographyGlen MacPherson
Edited bySuzanne Hines
Cube Vision
Avery Pix
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
  • November 22, 2002 (2002-11-22)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$10 million
Box office$33.5 million[1]


The movie begins when a robber, disguised as Santa Claus, breaks into Craig and Day-Day's 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.

After the police leave, Mrs. Pearly 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 (who just got out of prison after 12 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, 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 and Money Mike, 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 and Elroy.

A couple of baseheads try to rob Money Mike's store, but Craig and Day-Day catch them both. Mike offers them a cash reward, but Craig refuses it and instead invites him to his Christmas 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, shortly after Moly gives Craig and Day-Day a lunch break, a gang of thugs (supposedly the grandsons of some of the carolers that were chased off by Day-Day for loitering in front of the corner store) chase after Craig and Day-Day. After failing to catch them, the gang members proceed to beat up Moly for supposedly hiding them, resulting in Craig and Day-Day throwing away their uniforms after witnessing what happened to Moly, and this causes Moly to fire them on-the-spot (due to Moly accusing them of lazing around and allowing him to be beaten, even though they were just given a lunch break). As revenge, Willie rats Moly out to the Department of Health.

Later that night, Craig and Day-Day throw a rent party to recoup their stolen rent money and stay in their apartment. While Money Mike is in the bathroom, Damon appears and attempts to sexually assault him, but fails when Money Mike crunches his testicles with pliers. Damon then proceeds to chase Money Mike when he tries to run away. Also Mrs. Pearly comes on to Willie when he uses her bathroom, causing Craig's mother, Betty, to come in and attack her when she catches the two. Craig and Day-Day see the robber and give chase, running into other obstacles (including a psychotic but comedic old man armed with a double-barreled shotgun, played by Epps) and are ultimately successful. The robber eventually gets run over by Pinky's limousine.

The movie ends with Craig and Day-Day retrieving their stolen rent money and Christmas presents and tying the robber up on his roof. During the credits, it is revealed that Craig and Donna hooked up after Craig returned, Damon is still chasing Money Mike throughout the neighborhood, and that Ms. Pearly tried to stop the party by calling the police, but they left after receiving marijuana as a bribe.



Friday After Next received a 26% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 72 reviews, with an average rating of 4.19/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "This Friday installment is more shapeless and stale than its predecessors".[2]


Friday After Next
Soundtrack album by
various artists
ReleasedNovember 19, 2002
GenreHip hop
LabelHollywood Records
  • Ice Cube (exec.)
  • Matt Alvarez (exec.)
  • Mitch Rotter
  • Mitchell Leib
  • Spring Aspers
Friday soundtracks chronology
Next Friday
Friday After Next
Singles from Friday After Next
  1. "It's the Holidaze"
    Released: 2002
  2. "Get Ready"
    Released: 2002

Friday After Next is the soundtrack from the film of the same name. It peaked at number 23 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[3]

Track listingEdit

# Title Performer
1 It's the Holidaze Westside Connection
2 Just Chill Busta Rhymes, Rah Digga and Spliff Star
3 High Times (Ride With Us) F.T. and Tha Eastsidaz
4 Got All 'At Nappy Roots
5 Wonderful World Krayzie Bone, La Reece, K-Mont and Asu
6 Bad News G-Unit
7 Mardi Gras Whateva
8 Get Ready Roscoe and Kokane
9 Go to the Club Calvin Richardson
10 I Wanna Do Something Freaky to You Leon Haywood
11 Slide Slave
12 This Christmas Donny Hathaway
13 Santa Baby Eartha Kitt
14 Silent Night The Temptations


  1. ^ "Friday After Next". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 11, 2014.
  2. ^ "Friday After Next (2002)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  3. ^ "Soundtrack". Billboard. Retrieved April 14, 2020.

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