It’s Friday, you ain’t got no job, and you ain’t got shit to do. Except maybe light one up and read our piece about how ‘Friday‘ returns to movie theaters nationwide for one night only this 4/20 to celebrate the movie’s 20th anniversary. Hard to believe its been 20 years but the classic stoner comedy originally hit theaters on April 26, 1995. The movie stars Ice Cube (Craig) and Chris Tucker (Smokey) as they try to get together the $200 they owe a neighborhood drug dealer and along the way they come across a number of memorable characters including Ezail (a crackhead played by Anthony Johnson), the neighborhood jack boy named Deebo (Tiny Lister) and Craig’s dad, Willie (John Witherspoon).
According to Buzzfeed, the movie will be shown in more than 400 theaters and all participating theater locations and ticket information is available right here. The movie will screen at 7:30 pm local time and will be F. Gary Gray’s special director cut and include “Friday Straight Up”, a 24-minute featurette that showcases behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast. When Ice Cube was asked about the tribute he said, “For the theaters, for New Line [Cinema], for the fans to want to pay homage to the movie in this way is cool … it lets you know that Friday is now a part of the American fabric.”
Additionally, on April 14th the Friday soundtrack will be rereleased in a special anniversary package / vinyl reissue. The soundtrack which features classics like Rick James’ Mary Jane, Dr. Dre’s Keep Their Heads Ringin, Cypress Hill’s Roll It, Up, Light It Up, Smoke It Up and 2 Live Crew’s Hoochie Mama was the #1 album in the U.S. for two weeks in 1995 and eventually went double platinum. Cube was reminiscing about picking the tracks for the soundtrack and said, “You usually don’t get the Isley Brothers and a fresh Dr. Dre song. It was a really special labor of love.”
We’re giving you an early heads up so even if you puff like Smokey or manage to lose your job on your day off like Craig you have plenty of time to get your plans in order and hit the theater on the highest holiday. Let us know in the comments if you think Friday will be in your fo’twenty plans.