Next Day Air

Next Day Air

In Theatres: 
May 08, 2009
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 24 Minutes

Next Day Air is about what happens when a postal delivery man has one of the worst days of his life on the job. The basis of the movie is that the postal service guy Leo (played by Donald Faison of the television show Scrubs) makes a mistake by delivering a package to the wrong apartment. The ones living in this apartment is Brody (Mike Epps) and his buddy Guch (Wood Harris). The package was meant for their neighbors down the hall Jesus (Cisco Reyes) and his girlfriend Chita (Yasmin Deliz) who are freaking out over not getting the package. This is the point of the whole movie that sets all the events into action.

Now with such actors as Mike Epps, Mos Def, and Donald Faison I was expecting a really funny comedy movie. What I got to see was not one really funny comedy movie. Instead what I got to see is a movie that was a drama that had some chuckles in it but nothing that was really funny. What's more is that the one actor that I was thinking was going to have this huge role in it and would have some of the best jokes wasn't in it no more than 10 minutes, if that, and he didn't get to show any of his comedy. That would be Mos Def.

I don't know what happened in the making of this movie. When looking at posters and ads for it Mos Def is in the forefront making you think he's the main character. He's not. Then there's Donald Faison who I saw in the trailers, thinking he was going be the second main character. Though he is shown more and has a bigger role in the movie than Mos Def, he isn't really that much of a main character. Who is? That would be Mike Epps and Wood Harris. In fact the guy on the couch that has maybe 2 lines has a bigger role in this film than Mos Def does and he was funnier than him as well.

This could have been a much better movie than it was but it ended up being a let down. The comedy in it wasn't that great and the big name actors in it were outshined by Cisco Reyes and Yasmin Deliz who I thought were just side characters that was there just to set up the action in the movie. Those two actors did a good job with the roles they had and if it wasn't for them I would have liked the movie less than what I did when walking out. As I said I was expecting a comedy but what I got was a movie with a lot of cussing in it and one that's all about some thugs trying to get rich quick in the illegal way.

Why Mos Def wasn't used more in this movie I don't know but I think that if he had been this movie would have been a lot better than it was. As it stands it's an ok movie to watch if you want to rent it, which I had heard a man say the same as I was walking out. The humor was dry in it and the little action that happened was done in a flash. The rest of the movie to be a long character development and that just didn't make me like it. 

Lee Roberts
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