Our Favourite Characters From the Three Friday Movies
With so many to choose from, we attempt to rank the top 10 characters from all three Friday movies.
Released in 1995, Friday is one of the funniest, most quotable films of all time, and its follow up, Next Friday (2000) is also hilarious. Unfortunately Friday After Next (2002) provided only a few laughs, and did not reach the heights of the franchise’s first two instalments, but throughout the three films, one theme remained constant… great characters.
From the leading star Craig, played by Ice Cube, to the wild dog “Chico” who belonged to Mexican gangsters, all three Friday films were stacked with strong lead characters and laugh-out-loud cameo appearances.
While we await the forthcoming Last Friday (hopefully released before the end of 2018), we thought we would try and rank our favourite 10 characters from the Friday franchise.
This was a difficult decision! So many characters could justifiably be named the greatest Friday character, but Smokey’s appearance in the original Friday was filled with hilarious quotes and weed-inspired shenanigans. Played by Chris Tucker, Smokey’s a bad influence on Craig, getting him high for the first time by explaining that “It's Friday, you ain't got no job and you ain't got shit to do!”
Fast talking Tucker and the laid back Ice Cube were the perfect duo for this film, bouncing off each other with their opposite demeanours from start to finish.
A very close second, Craig, along with his father WIllie, was one of only two characters to feature in all three Friday films. Played by Ice Cube, Craig was the primary focus for all three films, and somehow managed to save the day and become a hero in each one. From beating up bullies to helping others raise funds so they can keep their home, Craig manages to achieve an awful lot in just one day. And even somehow got fired on his day off!
3. Willie Jones
Possibly the funniest father in movie history, Willie Jones, played by John Witherspoon, keeps Craig honest by laying down the law in all three Friday films. A dog-catcher by trade, Willie is full of advice throughout each movie, spitting knowledge with some bizzare, comedic quotes. When Craig fails to take out the trash because he fell asleep, Mr Jones does not hold back…
“I wish you was sleeping right now, I knock you upside your head with a left hook make your ass wake up and take out that damn trash.”
But his most memorable quote stems from his frustration at Craig constantly raiding the kitchen: “Everytime I come in the kitchen, you in the kitchen. In the goddamn refrigerator. Eatin' up all the food. All the chitlin... All the pig feet... All the collard greens... All the hog maws. I wanna eat some of them chitlins, I love pig feet!”
Day-Day (played by Omar Epps), is Craig’s cousin and sidekick in Next Friday and Friday After Next and shows Craig the ropes in his flashy Rancho Cucamonga neighbourhood. In Next Friday, Day-Day’s careless ways lead to trouble with his neighbours, his father, former lovers and his charismatic manager at the record store, where he eventually got fired from.
5. Big Worm
“What’s up Big Perm? I mean Big Worm!”. Smokey said it best when referring to local drug dealer and ice cream van driver Big Worm (Faizon Love), who rocked a very questionable hair style. Despite Big Worm’s funny head of hair, he was no joke, and threatened Smokey and Craig with their lives after discovering that they smoked his weed, which was meant to be sold. When it came to selling ice creams, Big Worm’s customer service was also questionable, as he was known to yell and swear at unsuspecting ice cream lovers.
Pink is wild! He was introduced to us with an electric appearance in Next Friday, pulling up at his record store in a long pink limo and a fancy suit. Although he fired Day-Day and threatened Craig with a gun (before begging for forgiveness when Craig snatched the gun from him), Pinky’s character was hard to forget, and he was welcomed to Craig and Day-Day’s christmas party with open arms in Friday After Next.
The neighbourhood bully, Deebo was an extremely intimidating character. Although he was the bad guy and we loudly cheered when Craig beat him up at the end of Friday, Deebo played a very important role in the film, and was the perfect villain. Thankfully, Craig taught him a lesson he will never forget.
8. Uncle Elroy
The self-proclaimed “King” of Rancho Cucamonga, Elroy (Day-Day’s father), generously agreed to allow Craig to stay in his mansion in what was supposed to be a trouble-free neighbourhood during Next Friday. But despite winning the lotto, the Versace-wearing Elroy finds himself in serious debt and almost loses his beloved house... until Craig saves the day yet again.
9. Pastor Clever
We couldn’t talk about the Friday franchise without mentioning the late, great Bernie Mac, who played the unfaithful Pastor Clever in the original film. Despite his name, Clever was not the smartest character in the movie, as he was caught red-handed sleeping with Mrs. Parker.
10. Baby D’
Described by Day-Day as “the little sister, that’s bigger than the big sister”, Baby D’ is played by rapper, The Lady of Rage and is a tough character in Next Friday. Day-Day has a restraining order on Baby D’, but that doesn’t stop her from chasing him all around Rancho Cucamonga. And if you believe Day-Day, she’s a well-connected snacks enthusiast, “She knows when all the bootleg snacks come out. The Year 2000 snacks”.
There are so many characters throughout all three movies that it justifies a lazy night in reliving the entire Friday trilogy on Netflix. The original Friday was released in Australia in October, 1995, (six months after its US release), but we have a feeling that it will never really get old. “And you know this, man!”
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