History Film / HigherLearning

15th Jan '16 10:19:30 AM Anddrix
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* RuleOfSymbolism: [[ChristopherColumbus Columbus University]] is a metaphor for [[{{Eagleland}} America]]—''[[ViewersAreMorons get it?!]]''

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* RuleOfSymbolism: [[ChristopherColumbus Columbus University]] is a metaphor for [[{{Eagleland}} America]]—''[[ViewersAreMorons get it?!]]''America]]—''get it?!''
6th Oct '15 8:54:25 AM JamesAustin
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Malik Williams (Omar Epps), Kristen Connor (Kristy Swanson), and the mysterious [[FirstNameBasis "Remy"]] (Creator/MichaelRapaport) are freshmen at the fictional Columbus University somewhere in Southern California. While at first glance the school appears to be a highly idealistic, utopian sort of place, there are [[CrapSaccharineWorld seething undercurrents just below the surface]] that will become more prominent over time. Surveying the campus's colorful mosaic of student life is Dr. Maurice Phipps (Laurence Fishburne), a West Indian immigrant turned political science professor who mentors both Malik and Kristen.

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Malik Williams (Omar Epps), Kristen Connor (Kristy Swanson), (Creator/KristySwanson), and the mysterious [[FirstNameBasis "Remy"]] (Creator/MichaelRapaport) are freshmen at the fictional Columbus University somewhere in Southern California. While at first glance the school appears to be a highly idealistic, utopian sort of place, there are [[CrapSaccharineWorld seething undercurrents just below the surface]] that will become more prominent over time. Surveying the campus's colorful mosaic of student life is Dr. Maurice Phipps (Laurence Fishburne), a West Indian immigrant turned political science professor who mentors both Malik and Kristen.
13th Jul '15 3:53:55 PM mkmckoy
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* BookEnds: The movie starts with Malik and Kristen in an elevator together, with Kristen clutching her purse and Malik quietly offended. It ends with Kristen mourning the deaths from festival she planned, and Malik comforting her. They both note that [[{{Irony}} it’s funny]] that they’ve never spoken before. Ultimately, these scenes are meant to demonstrate their mutual CharacterDevelopment.

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* BookEnds: The movie starts with Malik and Kristen in an elevator together, with Kristen clutching her purse and Malik quietly offended. It ends with The two never share a scene again until the end, as Kristen mourning mourns the deaths from festival she planned, and Malik comforting comforts her. They both note that [[{{Irony}} it’s funny]] that they’ve never spoken before.before, despite both being in Phipps' class and knowing many people in common. Ultimately, these scenes are meant to demonstrate their mutual CharacterDevelopment.



* ScaryBlackMan: Played with
** Deconstructed in Malik’s treatment by campus police and Kristen’s first reaction to him, despite in neither case being wrongly aggressive.

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* ScaryBlackMan: Played with
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** Deconstructed in Malik’s treatment by campus police and Kristen’s first reaction to him, despite in neither case Malik being wrongly unjustifiably aggressive.
10th Jul '15 8:46:48 AM Morgenthaler
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25th Jun '15 6:34:04 PM mkmckoy
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* {{Eagleland}}: More of a {{Deconstruction}} of version 1 than a representation of version 2. It is meant to show that beneath America's diversity there still simmers great division, suspicion and misunderstanding.

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* {{Eagleland}}: More of a {{Deconstruction}} of version Type 1 than a representation of version Type 2. It is meant to show that beneath America's diversity there still simmers great division, suspicion and misunderstanding.



* RuleOfSymbolism: [[ChristopherColumbus Columbus University]] is a metaphor for [[{{Eagleland}} America]]—[[ViewersAreMorons get it?!]]

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* RuleOfSymbolism: [[ChristopherColumbus Columbus University]] is a metaphor for [[{{Eagleland}} America]]—[[ViewersAreMorons America]]—''[[ViewersAreMorons get it?!]]it?!]]''


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* ScaryBlackMan: Played with
** Deconstructed in Malik’s treatment by campus police and Kristen’s first reaction to him, despite in neither case being wrongly aggressive.
** Played straight and exaggerated in the fight between the black students and skinheads. BustaRhymes beats up two of the skinheads ''at the same time'', and [[StoutStrength the large, overweight black guy]] beats up the extremely muscular skinhead. Only Fudge and Scott have an equally balanced fight.
** Justified [[spoiler: after Remy kills Deja]], and Malik [[HeroicBSOD loses it]].


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* ShowdownAtHighNoon: The fight between the black students and skinheads.


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* StuffedInAFridge: [[spoiler: Deja’s death is mostly about Malik’s reaction. Once he runs off after Remy, [[KilledOffscreen she is never seen again]]. Professor Phipps later wordlessly confirms her death … [[HeroicBSOD in order to once again highlight Malik’s emotions]].]]


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* VillainousBSOD: Remy [[spoiler: right after his shooting spree, culminating in him committing suicide.]]
25th Jun '15 6:18:23 PM mkmckoy
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->''"Question the knowledge."''

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->''"Question the knowledge."''
->''Unlearn.''



* BookEnds: The movie starts with Malik and Kristen in an elevator together, with Kristen clutching her purse and Malik quietly offended. It ends with Kristen mourning the deaths from festival she planned, and Malik comforting her. They both note that [[{{Irony}} it’s funny]] that they’ve never spoken before. Ultimately, these scenes are meant to demonstrate their mutual CharacterDevelopment.



* CoolTeacher: Professor Phipps



* {{Eagleland}}: More of a {{Deconstruction}} of version 1 than a representation of version 2. It is meant to show that beneath America's diversity there still simmers great division, suspicion and misunderstanding.



* GroinAttack: Remy to Malik during their second fight.
* HeroicBSOD: Malik suffers two. [[spoiler: The first comes right after Deja is shot, but he “recovers” enough to go after Remy. Malik then suffers another one after Remy kills himself, when he sees Professor Phipps, who confirms Deja’s death.]]



* MalcolmXerox: Fudge



* MurderSuicide: [[spoiler: Remy’s rampage ends up being this, though committing suicide didn’t seem to be part of the original plan.]]



* PatrioticFervor: Deliberately evoked in the very first post-credits image of the film, but then {{subverted}} and/or deconstructed.

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* PatrioticFervor: Deliberately evoked in the very first post-credits image of the film, but then {{subverted}} and/or deconstructed.deconstructed throughout the rest of the movie.
* PeacefulInDeath: Terribly subverted [[spoiler: with Deja. She had [[BloodFromTheMouth blood pouring out of her mouth]] and was crying hysterically. Her ultimate death, though, [[KilledOffscreen occurs off-screen]].]]
*PoliceBrutality: Malik is twice attacked and handcuffed by the campus police, despite both times being the victim of Remy’s racist violent attacks.
** Averted though when the police confront Remy after his shooting spree and fight with Malik. In this instance, the police try to calm Remy down and assure him everything will be okay. The head police officer is quite devastated when Remy ends up killing himself. This, however, is meant to further demonstrate the racist nature of the (campus) police.


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* RuleOfSymbolism: [[ChristopherColumbus Columbus University]] is a metaphor for [[{{Eagleland}} America]]—[[ViewersAreMorons get it?!]]
** Ends—for no reason—with marching band playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and a shot of Prof. Phipps walking under an American flag.
7th May '15 2:57:47 PM cgaurd52
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* [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing Truffaut Was Right]]: It's obvious that Singleton wants us to see the Nazi characters as evil and cruel, even to the point of [[AndThatsTerrible having ominous music play whenever they appear]]. But he did a little ''too'' good a job of demonization, making every skinhead character [[BeingEvilSucks so stupid, delusional, cowardly, or pathetic]] that many viewers wound up [[UnintentionallySympathetic sympathizing with them anyway]]. This reached EpicFail dimensions when the actor who played [[spoiler: Remy]] reported hearing ''black'' moviegoers saying they identified with his character!
28th Mar '15 11:30:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: About the only two scenes that people tend to remember about this movie (assuming they remember ''anything'' about it) are [[spoiler: Kristen]] and [[spoiler: Taryn]] kissing on top of [[spoiler: Taryn's]] bed and [[spoiler: Remy]] crouched on the roof of a campus building clutching a sniper rifle (because [[WeirdAlEffect the scene was parodied]] in ''DontBeAMenaceToSouthCentralWhileDrinkingYourJuiceInTheHood'').

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* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: About the only two scenes that people tend to remember about this movie (assuming they remember ''anything'' about it) are [[spoiler: Kristen]] and [[spoiler: Taryn]] kissing on top of [[spoiler: Taryn's]] bed and [[spoiler: Remy]] crouched on the roof of a campus building clutching a sniper rifle (because [[WeirdAlEffect the scene was parodied]] in ''DontBeAMenaceToSouthCentralWhileDrinkingYourJuiceInTheHood'').''Film/DontBeAMenaceToSouthCentralWhileDrinkingYourJuiceInTheHood'').
26th Oct '14 5:13:59 AM captaincrankton
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Also features rapper Ice Cube as the charismatic Fudge, and Creator/JenniferConnelly as the feminist Taryn.

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Also features rapper Ice Cube Music/IceCube as the charismatic Fudge, and Creator/JenniferConnelly as the feminist Taryn.
19th Sep '14 11:47:08 AM nelec
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Malik Williams (Omar Epps), Kristen Connor (Kristy Swanson), and the mysterious [[FirstNameBasis "Remy"]] (Michael Rapaport) are freshmen at the fictional Columbus University somewhere in Southern California. While at first glance the school appears to be a highly idealistic, utopian sort of place, there are [[CrapSaccharineWorld seething undercurrents just below the surface]] that will become more prominent over time. Surveying the campus's colorful mosaic of student life is Dr. Maurice Phipps (Laurence Fishburne), a West Indian immigrant turned political science professor who mentors both Malik and Kristen.

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Malik Williams (Omar Epps), Kristen Connor (Kristy Swanson), and the mysterious [[FirstNameBasis "Remy"]] (Michael Rapaport) (Creator/MichaelRapaport) are freshmen at the fictional Columbus University somewhere in Southern California. While at first glance the school appears to be a highly idealistic, utopian sort of place, there are [[CrapSaccharineWorld seething undercurrents just below the surface]] that will become more prominent over time. Surveying the campus's colorful mosaic of student life is Dr. Maurice Phipps (Laurence Fishburne), a West Indian immigrant turned political science professor who mentors both Malik and Kristen.



Also features rapper Ice Cube as the charismatic Fudge, and Jennifer Connelly as the feminist Taryn.

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Also features rapper Ice Cube as the charismatic Fudge, and Jennifer Connelly Creator/JenniferConnelly as the feminist Taryn.
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