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Higher Learning (1995)

 -  Drama | Romance | Sport  -  11 January 1995 (USA)
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People from all different walks of life, encounter racial tension, rape, responsibility, and the meaning of an education on a university campus.

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Youngsters from different countries, races, and social background are forced to integrate when they all enroll in Columbus University. They all have their own problems, such as finance, harrassment, personal safety, and self doubt. Additionally, campus life seems to be causing a problem for everyone: racism. Students, already under pressure to perform in the classroom, on the track, or in front of their friends, are strained to the breaking point by prejudice, inexperience, and misunderstanding. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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$38,290,723 (USA)
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According to John Singleton, the film is based on his college experiences while attending USC. Singleton says in the DVD commentary that the scene in which Remy walks up to Malik and voices his opinion about the T-shirt that he was wearing is based on an actual incident that happened to him in which he too became enraged and wanted to beat the hell out of the guy. See more »

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Scott Moss: Hey, um, listen. Me and some of my buddies over there are gonna go down to his bar down on corner for a drink. You wanna come along?
Remy: Huh?
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Remy: What are you? Some kind of queer?
Scott Moss: What?
Remy: [pushes Scott] I should kick your ass! Making the moves on me.
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It should have been billed as a comedy. . .
28 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The only way to get anything out of this film is to approach it as a comedy. Seen in that light, it does deliver.

If you're looking for a serious movie, look somewhere else. This film has absolutely no depth and offers little more than a cursory and one dimensional examination of "issues" with no insight whatsoever.

Making a movie about stereotypes and then making every single character in your movie a stereotype is an extremely poor strategy - especially when those same characters only break their hackneyed molds in predictable, stereotypical ways.

Busta Rhymes and Ice Cube make the film almost watchable, and Michael Rappaport turns in a good performance, but the script is so awful and the social commentary is so trite, it's hard to find anything redeeming.


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