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Poetic Justice (1993)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  23 July 1993 (USA)
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In this film, we see the world through the eyes of main character Justice, a young African-American poet. A mail carrier invites a few friends along for a long overnight delivery run.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Simone
Ché J. Avery ...
Thug #2
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Aunt June
Lloyd Avery II ...
Thug #1
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Kim
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Ticket Taker
Maia Campbell ...
Shante
Jeff Cantrel ...
Policeman #4
Michael Colyar ...
Panhandler
Kina Cosper ...
Female Cousin (as Kina V. Cosper)
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Uncle Earl (as John Cothran Jr.)
Dina D. ...
Dina
Joe Dalu ...
Policeman #7
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Storyline

After witnessing the murder of her first and only boyfriend, young Justice decides to forget about college and become a South Central Los Angeles hairdresser. Avoiding friends, the only way for her to cope with her depression is by composing beautiful poetry. On her way to a convention in Oakland, she is forced to ride with an independent-minded postal worker whom she has not gotten along with in the past. After various arguments between them and their friends, they start to discover that their thoughts on violence, socially and domestically, are the same. Justice may finally feel that she is not as alone as before. Written by <poetic_robert@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for pervasive strong language, and for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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23 July 1993 (USA)  »

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Fugir do Bairro  »

Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$27,515,786 (USA)
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The poetry that Justice writes was actually written by Maya Angelou. 'Maya Angelo' makes a cameo appearance as Aunt June. See more »

Quotes

Jessie: Most of these young girls today don't know their cooch from a hole in the wall. See, that's why I dress... and rest, cause love don't live here anymore.
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Waiting for You
Written by Derek 'DOA' Allen (as Derek Allen)
Co-Produced by Raphael Saadiq (as Raphael Wiggins) and Derek 'DOA' Allen
Performed by Tony! Toni! Toné! (as Tony! Toni! Tone!)
Courtesy of PolyGram Records
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All vehicles rust, even movies
20 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Silly tired ass clichéd manufactured mechanism. A series of words forced together to be passed off as dialog in a boring meaningless movie. Preaching self-absorbed--Identity Politics is bullsh*t, identity is an illusion, that's a biological fact--anyways this movie is a product of sad wishful thinking. The 1990's as awesome as the grunge scene was, was a decade built around false hope. Poetic Justice is the perfect metaphor for the 90's failings, desperate clinging to hope rather than actually doing something-catch phrased based reasoning- unfailing faith in people being able to be more than just sh*t throwing apes. At least the 90's gave us Pavement- maybe someone's gonna save me my heart is made of gravy.


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