Next Day Air is a strange movie that many critics compared to Guy Ritchie movies: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, RocknRolla… Although it does have certain elements that are certainly reminiscent of Ritchie’s work, with robbers, hilarious mistakes and gangs, this ultimately a movie about Average Joe making contact with a criminal world. Donald Faison (Scrubs) plays a delivery guy who smokes anext day air lot of weed and is getting in a lot of trouble at work because of his blunders. This time, he mistakenly delivers an ordinary looking package to a wrong address, not knowing that this event will trigger a whole series of events. The package was delivered to two small time criminals and it contained a lot of drugs. Now the complications begin as the criminals try to sell, its rightful owner tries to find package and the sender is getting involved too.

This is a classical comedy about hustling, stealing and drug trafficking. None of these activities are beneficial to the society and people involved in them are often times violent, stupid and dangerous. So you need to leave your preachy hat before pushing play. Wayans brothers style is present in traces, but Next Day Air incorporates much more intelligence and seriousness to the story. Director Benny Boom, who became famous with his hip-hop videos, managed to make several different stories work as one. And he did this with impeccable pacing. Acting is good, especially from old school Epps and Def, and there are few excellent jokes, carefully placed, and a lot of talky humor throughout, with a great ending. The fast paced tempo of the movie keeps it interesting and exciting, adding more to the quality. Enjoy.

Director: Benny Boom

Cast: Donald Faison, Mike Epps, Wood Harris, Omari Hardwick, Emilio Rivera, Cisco Reyes

Fun Facts: Shipped to theaters under the code name “Express”.


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