With character names such as Bodega, Brody, Shavoo and Guch, one could almost mistake “Next Day Air” as another quirky comedy flick, but in spite of a few good laughs, it has plenty of action and a very dark edge.
Narrated by Leo (Faison), a pot smoking delivery guy for the shipping company NDA (Next day Air), it all begins when he delivers a priority package filled with 10 kilos of grade-A cocaine to the wrong address. The recipients of the package the perfect pair of clumsy criminals (Harris and Epps), think they’ve hit the jackpot when they rip open the box, but when they attempt to cash in on their good fortune ‘from God’ as they coin it, it triggers off a series of hilarious and harrowing events that forever changes their lives.
Directed by Benny Boom and written by Blair Cobbs, “Next Day Air” pulls ideas from flicks such as “Snatch” and “Pulp Fiction” with a slice of “Friday” as it weaves three interconnected stories. The humor, which includes a cameo by Allen is hysterical, although the dialogue between Epps and Harris’ characters draws most of the comedic laughs.
With overacting in some scenes, others unnecessarily and dramatically drawn out, “NDA” isn’t a perfect flick, but it certainly pulls close to perfection with its smart humor and sassiness and is a decent drug-related mishap movie.