Directed By: F. Gary Gray
Written By: Ice Cube and DJ Pooh
I remember this movie still being very popular nearly ten years later when I was in college. I had always liked it before and we had owned it at my house growing up ironically enough. I never liked it enough to actually purchase it for our collection though. This movie, like many others we now own was simply assimilated into the collection when someone was giving away movies. I like having this movie in the collection because it brings back a lot of memories but it isn’t one I watch very often and it’s not one of my favorites.
I have always been a fan of Ice Cube and usually enjoy his ventures into acting. I don’t think this is his best role by any means but he became very popular as an actor after it came out. I wouldn’t call myself a rap fan but I usually like most of Ice Cube’s music as well. I think he is a good multi-talented entertainer. This movie also opened a lot of doors for Chris Tucker who would have a brief stint as a headline actor. I liked many of his movies, but I wasn’t a fan of the Rush Hour films. I think The Fifth Element was far and away his best film but he was great in this one too. The late Bernie Mac played a small role in this movie and I for one really miss him. His untimely death was so unfortunate, he was a really talented comedian that brought a lot to all the films he was part of. John Witherspoon was really funny in this movie as Craig’s dad, and I think Tommy “Tiny” Lister was great as the neighborhood bully. Tony Cox also makes a small but memorable appearance, and I am a big fan of his as well.
This is a fun movie and I can appreciate how funny it is. I have outgrown it to a certain degree and don’t have much more to say about it. I would say this was worth taking a chance on if you have never seen it because I have known many people who really LOVED it. It’s not one of my favorites though and after this viewing I doubt it will be picked off the shelf for a long time if ever again at all.
This movie is referred to by Wikipedia as a “1995 stoner comedy-drama-buddy film” and I think that just about sums it up.
NEXT MOVIE: From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)