Next Day Air Arrives on Time

Critics applaud drug-shipping comedy
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 8, 2009 11:23 AM CDT

(Newser) Next Day Air, a laugher about a drug shipment that arrives at the wrong destination, hasn’t missed its mark with critics:

  • “Good things come in strange packages,” writes Nathan Lee in the New York Times, citing “a script that snaps, characters that pop, a blaze of streetwise attitude and enough firepower to pulverize a significant chunk of South Philadelphia.”

  • Next Day Air “tells a complicated story with acute timing and clarity, and gives us drug-dealing lowlifes who are almost poetic in their clockwork dialogue,” observes Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times.
  • Director and “music video master Benny Boom clearly knows how to pull a midlevel movie together,” notes Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York Daily News.
  • But Sam Adams, writing in the Los Angeles Times, can't get over the "sloppy" script, which doesn't "explain why a Latino drug lord would send a massive shipment of drugs via commercial carrier." It's hard to care about a movie with "holes you could drive a delivery truck through."