Poetic Justice

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(out of 5)


John Singleton made history by becoming, at the tender young age of 24, the youngest nominee for the Best Director Oscar for his debut feature Boyz N The Hood and the first African-American to be recognized in that category (he remained the only one until Lee Daniels scored a nomination for Precious in 2009). The success of that film surely meant that whatever Singleton followed it up with would be met with incredible scrutiny, the kind of attention that would almost guarantee disappointment simply by the weight of expectation placed upon it. That said, however, there’s no way that even a newcomer could have passed off Poetic Justice as even a reasonably good film, as it’s a mess no matter how much you were hoping for from Singleton’s sophomore effort: badly directed, poorly scripted and underperformed by lead star . She plays a young woman who, as a teenager, witnessed the murder of her boyfriend in a drive-in parking lot, and some years later finds herself still feeling the after effects of the shock. She has abandoned all thoughts of college, opting instead to work as a hairdresser, while on the side writing poetry that we hear, very pretentiously, as narration. Now that the amorous advances of an earnest mail carrier () have entered her life, she chooses to ignore the possibilities of love as well. Jackson is awkward in her first major acting role, sharing very little chemistry with her co-star, while Singleton’s smooth ability to combine societal criticism with riveting drama that served him so well his first time behind the camera has here been replaced with hackneyed proselytizing and contrived dramatic situations. Look for a welcome appearance by the always wonderful .


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USA, 1993

Directed by 

Screenplay by John Singleton

Cinematography by 

Produced by , John Singleton

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1993

Golden Globe Awards 1993


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