Poetic Justice

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Released 1993

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Director:
John Singleton
Released:
1993
Rating:
R
Poetic Justice is an urban drama and romance film directed by John Singleton, starring pop superstar Janet Jackson and rap icon Tupac Shakur. Justice (Janet Jackson) is a free willing spirit whom sacrifices her dream of attending college after her boyfriend is ruthlessly murdered in South Central Los Angeles. Now a cosmetologist, Justice deals with the pain of her loss through poetry. Emotionally drained and distant to new relationships, Justice meets Lucky (Tupac), a Post Office Clerk and single father whom tries to court Justice, only to find his advances awkward and demeaning. It is only by coincidence that Lesha (Regina King), Justice's close friend and client, invites her on a road trip. Justice agrees without knowing that the road trip entails accompanying Lucky on his clerk job, driving an important package up state with their mutual friend Chicago (Joe Torry). Justice and Lucky fight most of the time due to their difference in life philosophies. In the end both come to the realization that they have a lot more in common, poetry, though with an entire different tone and delivery.moreless

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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Poetic Justice is not ["Boyz N the Hood's"] equal, but does not aspire to be; it is a softer, gentler film, more of a romance than a commentary on social conditions.

  • 60

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Although its aspirations are high, the film works only fitfully when Mr. Singleton exercises his gift for vernacular speech, for finding the comic undertow in otherwise tragic situ...

  • 60

    Variety Leonard Klady

    Poetic Justice is a hermetic inner-city love story elevated by resonant social commentary.

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    Love & Romance, African-American Drama