Before there was Half Baked, Super Troopers, How High, Pineapple Express, Next Friday, or Friday After Next there was Friday! Words cannot express how excited I am about seeing the Friday’s 20th Anniversary Director’s Cut in theaters today. Why am I so geeked if I’ve seen this movie enough times to recite it from start to finish without a script, you ask? Well, since I was a bit too young to see it in theaters when it came out originally, I’ve only experienced one of my favorite movies on bootleg, TV or DVD and I deserve to see it in all its glory. If you’re one of those people that think this movie is strictly focused on weed and only for stoners, then I know for sure you have never seen this cinematic masterpiece and I suggest that you get in tune.
Friday is one of the best cult classics of the 90s and single handedly responsible for helping Ice Cube make his smooth transition from hardcore gangsta rapper to the dude who makes family movies, and we are forever in his debt for it. In addition to providing endless laughter, and a bomb ass soundtrack (that both you and your mama could enjoy), this movie gives strong messages that focus on relationships between friends, family and community without being overly cheesy. If you don’t believe me check out some of these memorable quotes and scenes of the film.
“I told you to hook yourself up”
In addition to capturing the true essence of a sibling relationship between brother and sister, this quote can truly be tied to everyday life. Most of the time, you have to stop relying on others and get it yourself (whatever “IT” may be). Stop begging, be your own plug and hook yourself up!
“Make it enough”
Almost everyone has had this situation with a parent. They ask you to purchase something and give you a bit less than what the items costs or somehow forgets to include the cost of taxes. In this case, you probably know that it’s better to save yourself the lecture on all they have done for you your entire life and just pay it because let’s face it, you probably owe them anyway.
“That’s yo problem. Aint’ nobody playin’ but you. You walk up and down the street all day playin’. He aint’ playin’, you think he playin’ ’bout his money?”
As a good friend, it is often imperative to have those tough conversations like Craig often had to do with Smokey. You can’t just sit there and watch your friend let their life turn to shit and say nothing. Especially if they try to drag you down with them. In fact, it’s possible that you may need to have this conversation more than once on the same issue, but hey, that’s what friends are for.
“I want you to get your ass up today, go out and look for a job. The word for today is “job”. J-O-B!”.
You cannot deny Pops’ parenting skills throughout this entire movie. He is old school and effective. If more parents locked their kids in the bathroom while they were taking a dump to explain that they need to get a job and get out of the house, I am CERTAIN we would see an increase in the job market.
“You hit my sister like she was a damn man”
After you recover from the mental picture of Debo and Felicia in a “situationship” (which proves there is someone for everyone) you can begin to discuss this issue of domestic violence. Men shouldn’t hit women because as Craig so eloquently put it “that’s a female!” END OF STORY.
“I look like Janet Jackson.”
Before there was the internet and Nev, the bait and switch of Catfishing began over the phone. Whether it was through the party line or through a friend, people have been over exaggerating their looks to get dates for years and it NEVER turns out well. Moral of the story ladies and gents, keep it real or keep it moving.
“Weed is from the earth. God put this here for me and you. Take advantage man, take advantage.”
“He gon cry in the car.”
Men DO cry, and it’s ok, especially when Granny is involved. Bravo to the writers to include this line and let black men contrary to popular belief, it is okay to cry.
“I had to warn you too many times about my money, Smokey. You see, it’s the principle of the whole thing. There’s principalities in this.”
Big Worm had the game on lock way before Rihanna began demanding that bitches had her money. He taught me at a young age that “playing with someone’s money is like playing with their emotions” . I am also always appreciative to him for introducing the word “principalities” to my vocabulary at such a young age, even if it is in the wrong context.
“You think you’re a man with that gun in your hand? …. I’m a man without it.”
Probably the best part in the movie as the entire scene is quote worthy. It has been 20 years and this scene is STILL extremely relevant.
I hope this piece of nostalgia is enough to make you want to go to the theater tonight to relieve some great memories. And if you’ve seen this movie in its entirety, read this post and still question its impact then you are too far gone and there is no hope for you! Bye Felicia!