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3.9 out of 5 stars
Higher Learning [DVD] [1995]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2010
I watched this on VHS recently, this is an early 90s Movie focusing on Race, Prejudice, College and Sexism. The Movie mainly follows Malik; a Runner who struggles through College and is the main focus of the Film. Remy, an awkward, quiet outsider kid who finds a "Brotherhood" in a group on Violent, Nazi Skinheads and also Kristen, who's rape whilst at College leads to her questioning her sexuality and opinions on people in general. The Movie is also backed with great performances by Ice Cube (who plays long-time student Fudge), Busta Rhymes, Larry Fishbourne and Jennifer Connelly (who plays a lesbian sexist activist), and what all escalates as these personalities meet and converge into their own friendships, which are primarily Race-related and, at times, volatile towards outsiders.
I think Higher Learning is a great "College" Movie, tackling sensitive issues that have been addressed really well in the Film and is extremely reminiscent of Boys N The Hood.
Compelling, must-see viewing for anybody over 15!
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on 15 April 2011
Singleton kicks ass in this directing effort! I'm from the generation that grew up with everything he directed after 'Baby Boy', so I thought I should get some more of his movies. Higher Learning DID NOT DISAPPOINT.
Omar Epps plays his character with great conviction and innocence (when the time arises) and I can see why Tyra caused such a stir in 'THAT' scene, yeas she was young but you didnt see any booty or boobies so CHILL OUT! lol
Watching Tyra's death scene was one of the most harrowing scenes in a movie I've ever seen to date (okay, apart from Queen Latifah in Set it off).
Once you get over THAT part this movie is essentially about the tolerance or lack of within a world where one group is made to feel a lesser entity than another...and the consequence of their radical actions.
Very thought provoking and sad in parts . . .
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2003
This film was made by american director John Singleton who also made the remake of Shaft and the forthcoming sequel to Fast And The Furious. It's based around a college campus and the different groups within it all trying to get on but held back by their racial and social hang-ups. a young and naive student (Michael Rappaport)from the south who has no friends and struggles to settle in is be-friended by the local nazi group and is then on the slippery slope to self destruction. A young black athlete (Omar Epps)who's only able to afford college because of his athletics scholarship struggles with his school work and the pressure of keeping his athletics form.He gets frustrated by the system and the confinements in which he has to work in and be-friends the local black activists (Ice Cube,Busta Rhymes) and starts to see things differently. Throw in a young girl (Jennifer Connelly) who see's everything through rose tinted glasses, but after an horrible early experience learns things are not always as nice and as peaceful as she would like and you get an excellent social drama which brings all these stories together for an exciting but tragic ending. The standard of acting is excellent throughout,watch out for a small role for laurence fisburne (Matrix's Morpheus)as the wise teacher.I Highly recommend this film,it's one which you will recommend to all your friends.
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on 26 October 2011
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.

This is a Brilliaint film!
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on 26 October 2011
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.

This is a Brilliaint film!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2002
i bought this movie because i think jennifer conelly is the most beautiful woman in the world. but she is in it all of about two minutes. however this was not an issue as the story pulled me right in and the performances are excellent! why this is such an unheard of movie i'll never know! a gripping movie!!!!!
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on 24 July 2012
"Higher Learning" indeed. Probably the best Teenage Drama Movie ever made. It deals with all kinds of "Problems" groving up and learning about life. Sexuality, Rasism, "How to fitt in" and more!!! Very Realistic & well made !!!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2000
This film is amazing, it tackles loads of issues that needed to be addressed in a teenage light such as rape facism and racism. The film follows three students through their freshman year in university and gives us an incite into their individual group beliefs and activities. If you like films about racism and how it affects people this film is the one for you. Oh yeah the sound track is rad aswell.
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on 20 January 2013
watched this in the early 9os when growing up. makes you see this does happen in everyday life also purchased to watch with friends family and add to dvd collection
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2005
I remember feeling and thinking a lot after watching this movie. It explores race, stereotypes, sexuality, and the difficulty of defining yourself and making decisions about who you are, what you stand for, and where this will take you in life. The film presents a number of varied characters of different races, geographical regions , personalities, and sexes and brings them together at an insitute of 'Higher Learning'. We see them struggle to fit in and decide who they are through various interactions and in reaction to the things that happen to them. I highly reccommend it.
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