On first viewing of "Next Friday," I was disappointed. Not that i was expecting anything on caliber with the original "Friday," but perhaps something almost on par with it. However, after repeated viewing of "Next Friday," it grew on me....or should i say the character Day-Day (Mike Epps) grew on me. He has so much energy, but at the same time, his delivery seems laid back. So, in short, i liked the team of Cube/Epps and couldn't wait for another team-up on the big screen.
However, "All About the Benjamins" is something i wish i could've forgotten and since viewing it only two days ago, i have mostly forgoten anything that happened in the movie. I was hoping that Epps would save this movie but he was gven nothing to do for the most part. He had his moments, but they were "short-lived" moments.
Ice Cube is his usual self. I'm glad he is sticking to movies now. Cube isn't a bad actor. I give him credit for his roles in "Higher Learning" and "Friday." The fact is that he can't and shouldn't (co)write scripts anymore. Leave that to the people who actually know which buttons to push so that people actually laugh at a joke.
Bottom line is that even if you enjoy the team of Cube and Epps, you should wait until "Friday After Next," which hopefully will not be as horrible as the trailer makes it out to be, to see them again. However, if you feel so compelled to see this, just remember that I told you so.