Next Day Air

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Next Day Air
Next day air poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Benny Boom
Produced byScott Aronson
Inny Clemons
Michael Williams
Written byBlair Cobbs
Music byThe Elements
CinematographyDavid A. Armstrong
Edited byDavid Checel
A-Mark Entertainment
Melee Entertainment
Next Day Air Productions
Secret Society Films
Distributed by Summit Entertainment
Release date
  • May 8, 2009 (2009-05-08)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$3 million [1]
Box office$10,027,047 [2]

Next Day Air is a 2009 American crime comedy film that was released by Summit Entertainment on May 8, 2009. [3] The film starring Donald Faison and Mike Epps was produced on an estimated budget of $3 million. Two criminals accidentally accept a package of cocaine which they must sell before the real owner finds it missing.



Leo works for Next Day Air (NDA), a package delivery company, but is going to get fired for any more mistakes. While delivering a package addressed to Jesus in apartment 303, Leo accidentally delivers it to apartment 302. Before Leo can leave Jesus asks if Leo has the package and gets worried when he is empty handed. Guch and Brody, two inept criminals, open the package and find ten bricks of cocaine hidden in a clay pot. Brody remembers that his cousin, Shavoo, has cut cocaine before. Shavoo and his partner, Buddy, come to Guch's apartment and settle on $15,000 a brick.

Bodega, Jesus's boss and original sender of the package, calls to confirm the package was delivered. Jesus tells Bodega it was not delivered even though the tracking information says otherwise. Jesus is concerned that Bodega is going to kill him and assumes that Leo stole the package. While searching Jesus tells Chita that his previous boss was killed because of a similar situation. Jesus and Chita find Eric, another employee of NDA, who they hold at gun point and steal his watch. Finally realizing that it is not Leo they continue their search.

Shavoo has trouble getting his money from storage because he was robbed by the front desk clerk. He interrogates the clerk and finds the storage garage where his money and supplies are. Shavoo and Buddy locks the clerk and his accomplice inside a garage, bound and gagged with duct tape.

Bodega surprises Jesus in Philadelphia, to his dismay, and they search for Leo together. Jesus tortures Leo but he can't remember anything. Back at the apartments Leo is walking down the hallway and finally remembers he delivered it to 302. Bodega forces Leo to request the package back while Guch is inside counting the money. Brody informs Leo that he sent the package back to NDA headquarters. Bodega realizes something strange is going on and forces his way into the apartment. Everyone is at gun point but Guch takes the first shot at Jesus. After the gunfight Shavoo limps away nearly dead; Leo, completely uninjured, jumps up and leaves with the money; and Chita comes to check on Jesus, who is wounded. Luckily, he is saved by the watch he took from another employee of NDA earlier. Jesus and Chita walk away with the cocaine as sirens can be heard in the background.



Benny Boom got attached to the project when a friend got him in touch with a producer. He fell in love with the script after reading it and believed he could put his own style on it. He was also attracted to the script because it takes place in his hometown of Philadelphia. Next Day Air was shot in 20 days, which Boom said he was able to do because he already had the film edited in his head. [7] In the audio commentary of the DVD, the director mentions how he forbade the use of the "n" word for on-screen dialogue, and how that element is sometimes incorrectly attributed to Mos Def.


Box office

The film opened at #6 on its opening weekend, behind Star Trek , X-Men Origins: Wolverine , Ghosts of Girlfriends Past , Obsessed , and 17 Again with approximately $4 million in revenue. Next Day Air steadily declined in the box office during its eight-week run. [8] The film grossed $10,027,047 ranking it 111 in films released in 2009. [2]

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 21% based on 66 reviews. The site's consensus was "Rife with half-baked jokes and excessive violence, Next Day Air is an uninspired stoner comedy." [9] On Metacritic the film has a score of 46 out of 100 based on reviews from 20 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". [10]

Sam Adams of the Los Angeles Times gave the film a negative review citing the fact that the director could not make up his mind, "whether he wants to make a straight-up crime movie or a tongue-in-cheek riff on the genre, and he lacks the wherewithal to do both at once." He went on to say that the film's plot had enough holes you could drive a delivery truck through." [11] The Boston Globe writer Janice Page thought the film had too many "deep talks" and that "none of these characters provides more than a smattering of laughs." [12]

Roger Ebert gave the film a more positive review stating that Benny Boom "knows what he's doing and skillfully intercuts the story strands." Ebert also wrote that the film has a lot of "dire dialogue" and it is "very sunny" [13] Nathan Lee of The New York Times wrote that Next Day Air had "a script that snaps, characters that pop, a blaze of streetwise attitude." He continued saying the film is "violent and profane but never vulgar or inhuman." [14]

Home media

Next Day Air was released on September 15, 2009 on DVD. As of November 2009, it had grossed $4,578,713. [15]


Next Day Air
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedMay 5, 2009 (2009-05-05)
Label Melee
Track #TitlePerformerLength
1"Philly Cityscape"The Elements01:06
2"Count My Money" Trick Daddy 03:44
3"Heat Rocks" Raekwon 03:58
4"Get the Tapes"The Elements00:41
5"Sixty Million Dollar Flow" Glasses Malone 03:55
6"Honestly" Kurupt 03:21
7"In the Life" Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes 03:45
8"Videogame"The Elements00:51
9"Blunts & Roses"Penuckle04:27
10"Cerebro Orgasmo Envidia & Sofia"Martin Buscaglia04:38
11"Day Ago" Spider Loc 03:00
12"It's Real" Darius McCrary 04:43
13"Ave"The Elements00:42
14"Gone Get It"C-Dash03:28
15"Get It How You Live"5 Grand04:35
16"So Fly" Meek Mill 03:47
17"Next Day Air" Prophet 02:28

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