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Next Day Air (Review)

Crime comedy generates genuine laughs

By tt stern-enzi · May 11th, 2009 · Movies

I’m sorry, Ms. Jackson (Debbie Allen), but your son Leo (Donald Faison) is a no-good weed-smoking punk. He hangs out with his boy Eric (Mos Def), who has conned you into believing he is a model employee for the delivery company you’ve got these overgrown boys working for, when he’s just exploiting the situation to rob and steal his way into a ghetto fabulous life.

You’ve called Leo out for his slackness and given him one more chance, and with his last chance he ends up delivering a box of pure cocaine from Mexican drug boss Bodega (Emilio Rivera) to the wrong guys: Brody (Mike Epps) and Guch (Wood Harris), a pair of brain dead crooks.

The package’s original destination was the apartment big-talking Jesus (Cisco Reyes) shares with his truly gangster around-the-way-girl Chita (Yasmin Defiz). Brody and Guch try to pass off the goods to Brody’s cousin Shavoo (Omari Hardwick) and his boy Buddy (Darius McCray) for some quick cash and a chance at a new life without the hustle of robbing and busting heads, which is what everyone wants in this world — a quick score and a clean getaway.

Music video director Benny Boom locks and stocks his two smoking barrels with enough fictional pulp to guarantee that Next Day Air should snatch some laughs and some cash like a pimped-out original gangster. Grade: B


Opens May 8. Check out theaters and show times, see the film's trailer and find nearby bars and restaurants here.


 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
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