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  • Summary: Life isn't going smoothly for Leo Jackson. He still lives at home, he just broke up with his co-worker girlfriend and he's had so many complaints about his sloppy work habits that his own mother is threatening to fire him. But Leo isn't one to let a few bad breaks ruin his day—as long as he's got plenty of weed to take his mind off his troubles. But when the wacked-out courier accidentally delivers a box containing 10 kilos of high quality cocaine to the wrong apartment, it sets in motion a hilarious and harrowing chain of events that could cost him his life. (Summit Entertainment) Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  1. 90
    With a script that snaps, characters that pop, a blaze of streetwise attitude and enough firepower to pulverize a significant chunk of South Philadelphia, Next Day Air nears neo-blaxploitation perfection. Good things come in strange packages.
  2. 75
    A very pleasant surprise, Next Day Air is the rare crime comedy that does justice to both sides of the equation.
  3. He may be a first-time feature ­director, but music video master Benny Boom clearly knows how to pull a midlevel movie ­together.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Calvert
    50
    Predictable, and stereotypical.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    40
    There's a serious miscalculation when the lighthearted hijinks suddenly give way to a climactic scene of brutal violence.
  6. Reviewed by: Dan Kois
    40
    I wished Next Day Air were funnier. In the end, it's a fitfully amusing, sloppy comedy that doesn't work very hard for your 10 bucks.
  7. 11
    Might make a terrific double bill with the equally inane (but considerably more entertaining) "Con Air," with the French electonica duo Air chirruping in the background. But, you know, only if you're stoned out of your head.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. kenf
    May 11, 2009
    9
    What Hollywood needs a good comedy and action flick to give it life.
  2. Aug 10, 2012
    7
    A good movie with good characters and a good script, but bad execution. I wish the movie was a little longer, you can only get so much out of 1 hour and thirty minutes. But for a quick laugh, you could do worse. Expand
  3. ChadS
    May 10, 2009
    6
    [***SELF-POLICING SPOILER ALERT***] Pothead bank robbers who forgo the money in the safe and steal security tapes instead, by way of their absolute incompetence, announce themselves as lightweight criminals, potentially, fun-lovin' ones. The opening caper in "Next Day Air" sets the audience up for a stoner action comedy: the black "Pineapple Express". But during one of the film's many flashbacks, Brody(Mike Epps) acts more like a crackhead bank robber when he severs another man's tongue. Too gangsta, perhaps? Yes. Too gangsta, by half. Played for laughs, Brody heard it wrong again(at the bank, needless to say, he was supposed to grab the green stuff), and sheepishly holds the tongue tip in his hand. His inclination for brutal violence is unexpected, a total buzzkill; it changes the tone of "Next Day Air", therefore killing the comedy in the process. Wrong move. Here's another. Although Jesus(Cisco Reyes) shows no outward signs of being stoned, the drug seller takes an uncommonly long time to figure out that Leo(Donald Faison) delivered the parcel to the wrong apartment(the courier had an empty handtruck). The pedestrian plotting doesn't stop there. "Next Day Air) acts as if it's running on a shoestring budget since Brody and his colleagues conduct their drug deal in such close proximity to the cocaine bricks' rightful owners. During pre-production, the filmmaker should have made budgetary allowances for one more locale. The final shootout is more than inevitable; it's contrived. But the film has energy, if not logic. Expand
  4. Nov 17, 2010
    4
    I don't get if this was a comedy or what but I didn't laugh once if it was. Wasn't all that bad a movie but it wasn't really great either. You could not watch it and u wouldn't be missing much. Collapse
  5. KeonM
    May 10, 2009
    3
    Movie had the potential to be very hilarious. Mr Epps you should of been the delivery driver along side Def and the other guy what is his name from bring it on, or scream, no no. Hold on let me google him, Donald Fiason, don't get me wrong I like him but he sould of been Mike Epps character he has the dumb blonde comedy that would of fit good there but Epps was disappointing. I love all his movies and rate him very highly in comedy. and he had his moments but not his best at all. Keep trying find something to redeem yourself. you and Mos Def in a movie would be Nice. Expand

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