Action Pack: Friday Movie Party:
Friday is a refreshingly lighthearted look at day-to-day life in the inner city. It suffers from a few problems in the scripting and directing departments, but entertains nonetheless, thanks mainly to the easygoing style of its talented cast. Rich in lowbrow laughs, Friday's most obvious strength is its energetic cast, led by rap superstar Ice Cube and stand-up comedian Chris Tucker. The downside? Well, F. Gary Gray's direction is painfully flat, and curiously -- especially for a popular music video director like Gray -- lacking any interesting visual style. Another drawback is the scattershot script by Ice Cube and fellow rap star D.J. Pooh, which runs out of ideas about halfway through and sets up a bizarre finale. Despite its faults, Friday is lively entertainment, full of personable actors and cheerfully served up with nary a trace of cynicism. Read a full review of Friday.