Film and Movie Essay

The movie Friday was one of the best comedies I have ever seen, but it also depicts many important social issues. The story is set in the city of Los Angeles, California. In what could be called a high-class ghetto. It was by far the most hilarious movie of the decade. I have never laughed so hard in all of my life. I liked the movie Friday because it had a great director, a talented cast, a good plot, and a spectacular soundtrack.

As with any successful movie you must have a good Quentin Terintino, Mel Brooks, or Stephen Spilburg working behind the scenes. This film had a gifted director by the name of F. Gary Gray. I personally think that he is one of the best directors ever. He has directed box office hits Set It Off and The Negotiator. The movie set it off grossed over 200 million dollars, and The Negotiator was not that far behind. He usually does the serious type movies, but he proves that he is versatile in this one.

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The cast of the movie was sensational. Playing the main character was famous musician and actor, Ice Cube. He is such a serious person that at first I was skeptical of his performance in a comedy. He has played in such movies as Dangerous Ground, Higher Learning, and Boys AND The Hood. Playing opposite of him was Chris Tucker who is one of the most gifted performers that I’ve have seen. He has stared in hits such as Rush Hour, The Fifth Element, and Money Talks. These two along with other big comics like Bernie Mac, John Whitherspoon, and Fazion Love bring big laughs to the big screen. Tiny “Zeus” Lester, Nia Long and Regina King do there part as well, to serve up laughs. It is so important to have a good cast that can play their parts well, and get along. If I watch a movie and it is evident that the actors are acting, then I lose interest very quickly. These actors and actresses did a very good job of making every character believable.

Cast is important, but a good plot is crucial in the success of a film. So many movies have had great marketing and bombed because the plot was not good. I hate when I go to see a movie and the plot is not interesting. If I pay money for a movie, I want it to be worth it. In a comedy, I look for, a lot of, laughs. That is exactly what this movie gave me; it had it all. They had midgets, catching wives in bed with preachers and anything else you could look for to make you laugh. To fulfill this requirement on my movie list is very important. This movie did just that and exceeded the expectations I had for it.

It also had a great soundtrack, which is very important to me. I have to like the music to a movie in order to like the movie. I mean, who wants to watch an action movie with country music playing during the fight scenes? I feel that a movie soundtrack should relay the plot of the movie. In this case there were great musicians to do that. There were such r&b as Al Greene, Teddy Pendergrass, and Smokey Robinson. Add to that, great new artist like Monica, Ice Cube, Master P, and you have a multi platinum soundtrack. I really enjoyed the music, and it helped in the promotion of the film. I really don’t think the movie would have been as successful as it was.

While I really enjoyed this movie, it is not for all eyes to see. The target audience is primarily the younger African Americans, although I would suggest it to adolescence of all colors. Though the film is one of my favorites of all time, there were a few things about it, I found, that didn’t sit to well with me. For instance, the continued use of extreme profanity was really distasteful, as well as, the use of alcohol and marijuana, by the character, Smokey. It was not so vulgar as some films, but still quite offensive to some extent. I think most college students would like this more because most college students like to party and would find these things offensive. I would not suggest it for kids who might be influenced in a negative way by the things that happened or who are not mature enough to know the difference between right and wrong. The movie does portray negative issues as being acceptable. This could be harmful to young kids who are influenced by peer pressure and this kind of nonchalant attitude toward breaking the law. It is up to us to determine what is okay for our youth. Parents should determine if this would be acceptable for their kids to view.

In conclusion, With a zany cast of characters and a hilarious script this movie touches on everything from gags violence to the use of drugs, crime, guns, relationships, sex and life in the ghetto. Because of a great director, a talented cast, a good plot, and a spectacular soundtrack, I found this an interesting movie with a wide variety of topics to address. The movie Friday made me laugh, but because of this assignment it made me realize that comedy was not the important part of seeing this movie. Realizing how people live and relate to each other is critical in understanding our society on the whole. Recognizing this is how we can begin to make positive changes to things that are wrong and improve our lives in general.