foreign-language art films like jerichow, by german writer-director christian petzold, three monkeys by turkish filmmaker nuri bilge ceylan and cary fukunaga's sin nombre come pre-sold with film festival approval. that only means they appeal to the personal preferences of our cultural gatekeepers who predictably dismiss a pop-culture surprise like next day air. opening without fanfare or official validation, next day air displays more creativity and relevance to our ways of thinking (about money and relationships) than movies that pose as art.

marketed as an urban crime comedy, next day air masks its seriousness within antics of working-class routine. leo (donald faison) smokes weed while on his delivery service job in philadelphia. feckless behavior is part of the miscommunication that occurs in the contemporary american pressure cooker. a cocaine shipment intended for jesus and chita (cisco reyes and yasmin deliz) gets dropped off at the neighboring apartment of three petty crooks, brody (mike epps), guch (wood harris) and rhino (lobo sebastian). when brody tries fencing the stash to his cousin shavoo (omari hardwick), cutthroat comedy and drama become inseparable.