School Daze

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 1988

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Director:
Spike Lee
Released:
1988
Rating:
R

School Daze is a dramatic, musical comedy that takes an inside look at life on the campus of an all-black college. Written and directed by Spike Lee and released to theatres in 1988, the movie stars Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell, Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Bill Nunn, Jasmine Guy, Branford Marsalis and Kadeem Hardison. School Daze focuses on Vaughn "Dap" Dunlap (Laurence Fishburne), who is a politically conscious African-American student at Mission College. Dap leads anti-apartheid demonstrations and encourages students and school administrators to completely divest from South Africa. At the same time he is feuding with a Greek fraternal system member, Julian Eaves (Giancarlo Esposito) aka Dean Big Brother Almighty of Gamma Phi Gamma Fraternity, Incorporated. Dap's younger cousin, Darrell (Spike Lee) known as "Half-Pint", is a Gamma pledge. Jane Toussaint (Tisha Campbell) is the head of the Gamma women's auxiliary, the Gamma Rays, and leads them in their battles with non-Greek fellow co-eds. The entire cast of characters gets caught up in rivalries, rituals, romance and relationships during an eventful homecoming weekend. School Daze is loaded with non-stop music and features dance numbers choreographed by Otis Sallad.

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Metacritic Score

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Although the film has big structural problems and leaves a lot of loose ends, there was never a moment when it didn't absorb me, because I felt as if I was watching the characters ...

  • 75

    Slant Magazine Eric Henderson

    School Daze is, if nothing else, a compelling time capsule of racial politics in the late '80s, ethnographically sealed-off in a hothouse micro-environment (an all-black college ca...

  • 50

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    Despite a few high-spirited sequences, School Daze succumbs to preachiness and choppiness. It's a movie with too much to say and not enough style to say it with. [12 Feb 1988, p.0]

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Arts, Comedy, Drama, Music

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African-American Drama