An ungainly hybrid of stoner comedy and gangsta drama, "Next Day Air" is "Pulp Fiction" by way of "Half Baked." Centered around a cocaine-filled carton that goes missing thanks to a fully baked delivery man (Donald Faison), the movie jack-rabbits between characters and time frames to little cumulative effect. Hip-hop video director Benny Boom can't seem to decide 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.
Shot in a grimy, eye-scraping palette by "Saw" veteran David Armstrong, the movie is too sloppily written to build any kind of momentum. First-timer Blair Cobbs doesn't even bother to provide a reason for the pivotal misdelivery, nor does he explain why a Latino drug lord (Emilio Rivera) would send a massive shipment of drugs via commercial carrier -- in a large clay pot, yet -- or why the flunky (Cisco Reyes) he's trusted to receive it lacks his own cellphone. It's hard to invest much in the unfolding of the movie's plot when it's got holes you could drive a delivery truck through.