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Poetic Justice

Poetic Justice
Drama, Romance | 1993 | R. 1hr 49min
CAST: Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Regina King DIRECTOR: John Singleton BLACK FILM SERIES | 2/16/24

Superstar Janet Jackson makes her stunning film debut in director John Singleton's (Boyz N the Hood) street-smart love story, POETIC JUSTICE. A mismatched pair pushed together for a road trip from South Central L.A. to Oakland, Justice (Jackson) and Lucky (Tupac Shakur) have only one thing in common: they can't stand each other. But as their friends Iesha and Chicago (Regina King and Joe Torry) fight - and makeup - in the back of the van, Justice, and Lucky find themselves reluctantly drawn together before being confronted once again by the shocking violence they thought they'd left behind. Featuring the music of Naughty by Nature and Tony! Toni! Tone! and the poetry of Maya Angelou.

The director's script has bite, he is fluid with his camerawork and his eye and ear for details, particularly the details of female life, are superb.
Johanna Steinmetz, Chicago Tribune
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