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

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11 January 1995 (USA)  »

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Higher Learning - Die Rebellen  »

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$38,290,723 (USA)
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Tupac Shakur was originally set to play the role of Malik but he was jailed shortly after getting the part and the role went instead to Omar Epps. See more »

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Immediately after Malik leaves Prof. Phipps' office for the last time in the movie, the camera pans in on a plaque that reads "Columbus University: propter aurum quod autulerunt et propter sanguis quiem effuderunt." Apparently Columbus University's classics department doesn't live up to Columbus University's reputation as one of the nation's premier institutions of higher learning. The plaque is supposed to read, "Columbus University: propter aurum quod abstulerunt et propter sanguinem qui effudit." ("Columbus University: because of the gold that they have taken away and because of the blood that has flowed.") See more »

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Taryn: We need to get past just complaining about university security. You know? I'm tired of hearing women cry for someone else to save them. Think what that means. Why do you need someone else to save you? Think about saving yourself.
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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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