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Pop princess Janet Jackson plays Justice, a hairdresser and poet living in South Central Los Angeles, in the second film from director John Singleton. Justice saw her first love killed over a gang grudge, and ever since she's been aloof and lonely. She agrees to go on a road trip with her friend, and meets Lucky (Tupac Shakur), a love-struck mailman who soon finds that Justice will not be easily won over. As they discover that they have ideas about life in common, Justice feels that she is not as alone as she had thought.
Tyra Ferrell - American Film Actress
Regina King - Actress/"Poetic Justice"
Joe Torry - Actor/"Poetic Justice"
Tupac Shakur - Rap performer/actor, JUICE
2Pac - Rap performer/actor, JUICE
2 Pac - Rap performer/actor, JUICE
Janet Jackson - Singer/Composer/Actress
John Singleton - American Director/Screenwriter
Roger Guenveur Smith - Supporting Actor
Peter Lyons Collister - American Director Of Photography
Peter Collister - American Director Of Photography
After the phenomenal success of BOYZ N THE HOOD, John Singleton surprised his fans by making a film that is part love story, part road movie, and part character study of a sensitive poet. Nevertheless, Singleton sees the movie as the second installment in a trilogy about South Central Los Angeles. The heroine, Justice (Janet Jackson), is a young woman in mourning for the boyfriend she lost to gang violence. Her friend Iesha (Regina King) persuades her to go on a trip to Oakland with mailmen Chicago and Lucky. Lucky (Tupac Shakur) and Justice don't take to each other at first--she doesn't want to get hurt again and he has his pride--but their journey into the world outside the 'hood proves liberating for both. Singleton lets the serious issues he'd previously dealt with explicitly serve as background this time, which makes them all the more powerful, since for these characters, drugs, teenage pregnancy, and gang violence exist as a daily reality. Janet Jackson's soulful look convinces us that she has the world on her shoulders; throughout the film she reads her poetry (actually written by Maya Angelou) in voiceover.
The film was shot on location in Los Angeles, Oakland, and along the Pacific Coast Highway. The soundtrack includes music by Pete Rock and C. L. Smooth, Usher, TLC, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Naughty by Nature, and Babyface. The Maya Angelou poems used are: "Alone," "In a Time," "Phenomenal Woman," "A Kind of Love, Some Say," and "A Conceit." POETIC JUSTICE was star Janet Jackson's feature film acting debut. In addition to being a hugely successful singer-songwriter, she has appeared in a number of television series, including DIFF'RENT STROKES, FAME, and GOOD TIMES. Janet Jackson and John Singleton went to the same junior high school. They met again when they were both visiting the set of Steven Spielberg's HOOK.
"...Nothing less than an attempt to celebrate the creative impulse as a means of salvation..." - 07/23/1993 New York Times, p.C1
"...Jackson proves herself a natural in front of the camera....Shakur has the juicier part and turns in truly outstanding work..." - 07/26/1993 Variety
"...POETIC JUSTICE unwinds like a road picture from the early 1970s....Janet Jackson provides a lovable center for it..." - 07/23/1993 Chicago Sun-Times, p.43