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Poetic Justice (1993)

 -  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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Fate brought them together. Anger kept them apart. But for both of them, the road ahead was the only way to leave the pain behind. See more »

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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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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

Justice: I'm a phenomenal woman, phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that's me.
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I Wanna Be Your Man
Written by Chaka Demus (as John Taylor), Pliers (as Everton Bonner), Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar (as Sly Dunbar),
Robbie Shakespeare (as Robbie Shakespear) and Lloyd Willis
Produced by Sly & Robbie (as Sly and Robbie)
Performed by Chaka Demus & Pliers
Courtesy of Mango/Island Records, Inc.
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not bad at all...
28 June 2004 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Poetic Justice is an urban film but within this catgory it stands out from alot of them in its own way. The movie uses some very interesting elements that I was familiar with and like most urban films they use realistic characters. The camerawork is nothing new but some of it is really good to look at. Janet Jackson is good as the somewhat uptight poet/hairdresser who is mourning the loss of her lover while on a night out with him as is Tupac in a rather different role from the ones he has in Juice, Bullet and Above The Rim. Not only is the role different but as a man it's impossible to not relate to him as you see his struggles in his life including one powerful scene in which he catches his baby's mother smokin' crack and having other men in his daughter's presence - I thought this worked great because I know how I'd feel if I had a kid and my baby's mother is bringing other men around my kid: I wouldn't be too happy. The road trip is where you begin to see all the characters(Pac Shakur, Janet Jackson, Regina King and Joe Torry) develop and John Singleton wastes little time doing that during that time...

Poetic Justice is a movie deserving alot more credit than it's getting but too bad there are people out there with stupid stereotypical assumptions so idiotic it can get someone angry

8/10


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