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Friday


            The movie Friday is a comedy, but it also depicts many important social issues.
             The story is set in the city of Los Angeles, California, in what could be called a high-class .
             ghetto. This movie is about a young black man who loses his job and is influenced by .
             his best friend to smoke marijuana. The movie also shows the relationships of his family .
             and other members of his neighborhood. With a zany cast of characters and a hilarious .
             script, this movie touches on everything from gang violence to the use of drugs, crime, .
             guns, relationships, sex, and life in the ghetto. .
             .
             In the movie Friday, rap star Ice Cube plays the character Craig. Craig has .
             never smoked marijuana. However, his best friend "Smokey" smokes marijuana .
             everyday. Craig loses his job, leaving him home all day with nothing to do to occupy his .
             time. He just hangs out in the neighborhood with his friends. Smokey tries to convince .
             Craig to try some marijuana. At first Craig doesn't want to. Smokey is persistent. He .
             points out to Craig that he doesn't have to work and doesn't have anything better to do. .
             Craig finally agrees, so him and Smokey eventually sit on the front porch and .
             smoke some marijuana. Peer pressure is obviously the only reason Craig gives in. .
             Actually he had other options, but he chose not to use them. Common sense and a simple .
             explanation would have worked for Craig just fine (How to Say No and Keep Your .
             Friends 23). Everyday we are faced with choices. It is up to us to decide what's right and .
             wrong. Craig decides to try it and things start to happen that he really doesn't like.
             Craig and Smokey get into some trouble with the neighborhood dealer, Big .
             Worm. Smokey sells marijuana for him, but can't pay him the money he owes because he .
             and Craig smoked all the marijuana. Big Worm threatens them and sends a gang of .
             "hoods" after them with machine guns. They just barely escape and are scared out of their .
             minds. .
             Violence and crime are issues we hear about every day.


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