"Ball goin' one way, the johnson the other. The ball/johnson dance!"
- Mr. Jones to Craig
"I'm faded, feelin' X-rated. It's Mr. Nasty time!"
- Uncle Elroy to Suga and Craig
"You ever heard of El Nino' Well this is El Negro."
- Craig to Karla
"You haven't seen my Aztec Warrior, homes!"
- Joker to Day-Day and Roach
"They say there ain't no gravity up there. That means we can get high and never come down!"
- Uncle Elroy to Craig and Suga
Set two years after the events in FRIDAY, NEXT FRIDAY follows a day in the life of protagonist Craig (Ice Cube), who must flee Los Angeles after neighborhood bully Debo breaks out of prison, vowing to beat him to a pulp. Craig escapes to his uncle Elroy's house in Rancho Cucamonga, only to discover that life in the suburbs is even more screwed up than in the ghetto. His uncle is into S&M; his aunt is a nymphomaniac; the neighbors are a bunch of gangsters; and his cousin is chased by a former girlfriend and a thuggish woman named Baby D. The fourth film produced by Ice Cube, NEXT FRIDAY is, like its predecessor, a buddy film pairing straight man Ice Cube with fresh comedic talent Mike Epps. Helmed by first-time director Steve Carr, who is known for making stylish videos for top rap acts, the film sends up raunchy life in suburbia from an African American perspective. The soundtrack is liberally sprinkled with thumping hip-hop tracks, including "Chin Check," the first new song from the rap group NWA in many years.
When Craig learns that Debo--the bully from FRIDAY--is going to be released from the L.A. County Jail, his bathroom-poisoning father (Witherspoon) sends Craig to live with his Uncle Elroy (Curry) in the suburbs. He settles in with his cousin Day-Day (Epps), who is fired from a record store along with Day-Day's friend Roach (Pierce) when the owner suspects Craig of robbing the place. Not surprisingly, trouble arrives yet again when Craig begins to show interest in neighbor Karla (Rodriguez), whose two brothers (and their pit bull) would rather not let this happen. Added to the mix is a bitter ex-girlfriend of Day-Day's, as well as the IRS, who are out to seize Uncle Elroy's home for tax evasion. This leads to an attempted robbery (of the drug-dealing neighbors) by Craig and Day-Day to pay off the collectors, culminating in a climax in which everyone comes together.
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