Welcome to 90 from the ‘90s; the movie-related post in which I watch, discuss and debate a film from the 1990s – a film that I’ve NEVER SEEN. Posting on a semi-regular basis, I aim to work my way through 90 movies that I’ve previously missed/avoided, recording my thoughts along the way.

I’m going to watch good films, bad films, forgotten classics, Oscar winners and everything in between. Some of these films you’ll be surprised I’ve never seen, others you’ll completely understand why I’ve avoided them for 20+ years.

The rules are as follows:

  • The film must be from the 1990s (1990-1999)
  • The film must be a movie I’ve not watched before

Today’s unseen ‘90s movie is…

Friday (1995)

I have never seen Friday. It is true.

I’ll be honest, when this movie came out in 1995 it completely passed me by – I was far too caught up with the likes of Toy Story and Batman Forever. Fast-forward five years to 2000 and I was still unaware of Friday, until the sequel, Next Friday was released.

At the time of its release, I worked in a video rental store and Next Friday was very, very popular with the customers. Almost as popular as the phrase: “Er… do you have Friday for rent?”

Just to be clear, we didn’t have Friday for rent. For some reason, we had the sequel but not the original.

On reflection we probably should have stocked Friday. Had we bothered to source a copy to rent on VHS then maybe the store would have made more income… and not closed down.

Ah well.

So, what do I know about Friday? Hmm… other than the fact it stars Ice Cube and Chris Tucker, pretty much nothing. Let’s see if it lives up to the video store hype.

*Clicks the play button*

4mins 30secs – A couple of Jehovah’s Witnesses have just dropped the F-bomb. I think I’m going to like this movie.

7mins – Ice Cube is getting schooled in eating cereal without milk. I appreciate you can’t see what I’m seeing right now, but this is a funny scene, mostly because we’ve all had to eat cereal without milk. Am I right, or am I right?

11mins – Ice Cube’s dad is currently giving Ice Cube a lecture about life…. while taking a dump. This is how all lectures should be given. If people gave lectures while taking a dump, those in need of the lecture would sure learn a lot faster.

20mins – So my understanding of this movie is that Ice Cube and Chris Tucker don’t have much to do and the entire film is likely to revolve around them wandering around the neighbourhood, possibly getting into some kind of trouble. Normally that kind of plot would bore the life out of me, but so far I’m fine with it.

30mins – Bernie Mac! Bernie Mac is in this!

37mins – Chris Tucker is taking part in a burglary. This could be the trouble that the pair get into.

38mins – Nah… that’s not the trouble.

38mins 30secs – Ice Cube is smoking weed. Could this lead to trouble?

40mins – Nah, all is good here.

42mins 30secs – Classic line alert! “Bye Felicia.”

53mins – The local drug dealer wants Chris Tucker to give him some money, but Chris Tucker is short on dough. Could this lead to trouble?

54mins – Ice Cube’s girlfriend has just turned up, while Ice Cube is being friendly to another girl. This is surely going to cause trouble.

55mins – OK, so perhaps I’m overthinking the ‘trouble’ element of this movie. This is a film which basically says that anything can lead to trouble when you’ve got nothing better to do than get into trouble.

1hr – Oh… the movie just got serious for a moment, as Ice Cube pulled out a gun. His dad has told him that guns are whack!

1hr 2mins – Yeah, it’s stopped being serious again.

1hr 20mins – I appreciate that I’ve made very few comments about this movie, but that’s because I’m actually paying attention and enjoying it. The more I enjoy a movie, the less I comment. Remember this for future editions of 90 from the ’90s – the more I type, the shitter the film.

1hr 23mins – It’s got all serious again, this time over domestic violence. Ice Cube has just pulled out a gun.

1hr 25mins – SHIT. He’s pulled the trigger!

1hr 25mins 20secs – OK, so pulling the trigger was just in Ice Cube’s imagination, but I genuinely thought he’d done it. This movie is good.

1hr 31mins – Ice Cube’s dad is taking a dump again. From the serious to the not-so serious.

*Clicks stop*

For a movie that isn’t really about anything and where nothing much happens, Friday is surprisingly effective – especially during the last 15 minutes. I can see why this movie would have been popular with the late night renters… if only we had bothered to keep it in stock.

Thumbs up for Friday!

22 down; 68 to go.

For past entries in the 90 from the ’90s series, check out: Mannequin on the Move (1991)She’s All That (1999)Double Dragon (1994)Stay Tuned (1992)Murder at 1600 (1997), Weekend at Bernie’s II (1993)My Own Private Idaho (1991)Waggons East (1994)In the Line of Fire (1993)Postcards from the Edge (1990)Universal Soldier (1992)Passenger 57 (1992)Mo’ Better Blues (1990)The Client (1994)Good Will Hunting (1997)Pump Up the Volume (1990)Mr. Nanny (1993) Fargo (1996)Hudson Hawk (1991)So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993) and Timecop (1994).