A sensitive young woman retreats into a world of poetry following the murder of her boyfriend - but she finds herself slowly attracted to the local postman who dreams of hip-hop stardom in this winning romance.
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Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2018
Great movie. And watch it for yourself to judge. But when the black men and woman use the "N word" its not ending with a "ER". I know this is a controversial word. But out of respect you should fix the close captioning. There is a big difference in the "Black community between these two words. Your better than that Amazon and Star. Little kids watch this love story and might have the close captioning on let alone the the hearing impaired. Please fix that ASAP. RIP Pac
Justice (Janet Jackson) loses her boyfriend in a shooting at a drive in movie theater. Afterward she feels lost with nothing but her poetry and her job at a hair shop. The story is not just about whether she can pull herself out of her depression but embracing the positive sides of African American culture.
Poetic Justice breaks down into two parts. The first highlights the problems in African American society. Besides Justice’s boyfriend being killed there are scenes of men being arrested, dysfunctional families, and more. It was those problems that led to Justice’s depression as she was a victim of violence. The second was a road trip where Justice meets Lucky (Tupac). They see positive things like a black family re-union where they hear a bit of preaching by one of the aunties played by Maya Angelou about how the younger generation has to change their mindset. There’s an African cultural fair. The story then transforms into one about black love. Love for each other, for black culture, and between men and women.
This was John Singleton’s second movie after Boyz N The Hood. It showed that he was expanding his vision from just presenting the difficulties of urban life to the possibilities that were out there for young people. C
Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2016
I could probably recite this movie word for word, I've seen it so many times. Being that I'm (still) a huge Tupac fan, this movie is and probably always will be one of my favorites.
This movie is about Justice (Janet Jackson) opening her heart again and finding love after her boyfriend is murdered. She meets Lucky and they end up going on a road trip with her friend Lesha and Lucky's friend Chicago. There's drama, romance, comedy. I love it.
I just realized that it has been 26 years since this movie was released in theaters. It came out in July of 93, and I remember that because it debuted a few days after my 14th birthday and I couldn't wait to go see it in the theater. Haha, thinking about it makes me feel really old now.
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2015
The overall pacing and feeling of this film really accurately portrays the process of falling in love. Complete with ups and downs, will they or won't they. Most Hollywood love stories show people either diving in head first or else putting up superficial resistance and eventually succumbing. People are more complicated than that. Love is scary. People often try to protect themselves from the vulnerability of loving someone. This film gets that right.
Definitely in the top 5 "Netflix & chill" films ever made! Both of the leads are incredibly attractive as well ;)
Tupac AND Maya Angelou!!! This is still one of my top 10 favorite films. It is definitely not kid friendly regarding the language, but if the younger generation wants to witness Tupac's acting, a snippet of Maya Angelou's wisdom AND the work of some great black poets, it's a MUST SEE!!!! So sad and beautiful at the same time.
Tupac Shakur stars as "Lucky", a young father and mail carrier who invites three friends along for an overnight delivery. Tupac is fantastic and very likeable as the films male lead, while co star Janet Jackson, although very beautiful, delivers a slightly wooden performance. Still a film with lots of heart that broke the mold for the ghetto/gangster movie genre. Also features Khandi Alexander, Joe Torry and iconic poet Maya Angelou, whose poetry is used throughout the film. Excellent performance from Regina King as well. As a Tupac fan, I really enjoyed this film. It may not be as captivating and fascinating as Tupac's portrayal of "Roland Bishop" in "Juice", but I still appreciated seeing Pac in a more positive and everyday role. Worth watching and a must have for Tupac fans.
Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2020
I enjoyed Janet in this film though she had mad attitude from the jump lol.Tupac’s characters had me side eyeing and I wasn’t feeling his approach when he was angry, but that’s how some. of these dudes react. Overall, kept me interested and ended well.
This movie was a huge part of my childhood, as my Dad loves it and its the first movie I have memory of watching. How could you go wrong with Tupac and Janet Jackson? The only issue I have with the movie is how Tupac talks to Janet before he knows her and then when they get into arguments. But the acting is great in the movie, and there's also good use of music. Maya Angelou's poetry is phenomenal!
2.0 out of 5 starsDeeply disappointing - even with pretty low expectations from the two 'stars'...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 19, 2016
Oh dear, what a disappointment this was. I could almost forgive the pointless and continual swearing, if the story actually went somewhere...
This is a half-hour storyline, stretched way beyond the talents of Jackson and Shakur (and possibly Singleton), for the most part. That's 90 mins of my life that I'm never gonna get back (plus the time it takes to write this review)...
Shakur comes into his own in the last 20 minutes or so, but before then its just a group of tiresome, foul-mouthed young Americans drinking, fighting, and travelling. I found Justice irritatingly smug, and I wasn't convinced with her attempts at tough-girl language.
There's a too-short cameo with Maya Angelou (she wrote the poetry). Regina King does fairly well with a restrictive part, but ultimately she's too good for this tripe. Much as /i love to support black cinema, I suspect I'll be giving this DVD away...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 4, 2013
I purchased this movie because I'd heard all the hype about it over the years.......I shouldn't have believed the hype lol. However, Tupac was good it this movie however; so for him alone I love it. Janet's character got on my last nerve....Chewing that darn gum through out the movie and having that scowl on her face :) It WAS her first role after all. But a twenty year old "trying to ACT like" a fifteen year old takes skill that Janet didn't have back then. In my humble opinion. The story?? What story! I might have loved it back in the 90's but I just see it as a straight to TV, kind of movie today. Didn't hate but it's not one of my faves of all time.
Poetic Justice [DVD
Whether you're a Tupac fan or a Janet Jackson fan, or even just a lover of poetry this film is definitely for you. The story follows a postal worker named "Lucky" (Tupac Shakur) and a young poetic beautician called "Justice" on a trip across America. Will they find love?