History Film / HigherLearning

4th May '18 8:45:30 PM tre-scott
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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Billy]] never gets punished for [[spoiler: raping Kristen]]. He ''is'' punished by Fudge and his gang for [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain directing a slur at Monet]], but he is never arrested by the police. In fact, the police actually save him from Fudge's men!

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Billy]] never gets punished for [[spoiler: raping Kristen]]. He ''is'' punished by Fudge and his gang for [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain directing calling Monet a slur at Monet]], "black bitch", but he is never arrested by the police. In fact, the police actually save him from Fudge's men!
18th Apr '18 11:00:46 PM tre-scott
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* BloodFromTheMouth: [[spoiler: Deja, after she's shot]]

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* BloodFromTheMouth: [[spoiler: Deja, after she's shot]]shot.]]
18th Apr '18 11:00:02 PM tre-scott
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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 ''Film/DontBeAMenaceToSouthCentralWhileDrinkingYourJuiceInTheHood'').
* AngerMontage: Remy trashing his dorm room after Malik calls him names.

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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 ''Film/DontBeAMenaceToSouthCentralWhileDrinkingYourJuiceInTheHood'').
* AngerMontage: Remy trashing trashes his dorm room after Malik calls him names.



* BlackComedyRape: Granted, it's at the expense of the rapist rather than the victim herself-but it's still [[MoodWhiplash quite jarring]].

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* BlackComedyRape: Granted, it's at the expense of the rapist rather than the victim herself-but herself, but it's still [[MoodWhiplash quite jarring]].
28th Oct '17 1:41:23 PM nombretomado
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* RuleOfSymbolism: [[ChristopherColumbus Columbus University]] is a metaphor for [[{{Eagleland}} America]]—''get it?!''

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* RuleOfSymbolism: [[ChristopherColumbus [[UsefulNotes/ChristopherColumbus Columbus University]] is a metaphor for [[{{Eagleland}} America]]—''get it?!''
16th Jul '17 7:34:37 PM jormis29
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The third film by Oscar-nominated director John Singleton, following ''Film/BoyzNTheHood'' and ''Poetic Justice''. It's often considered Singleton's first "white" film, although the main protagonist is still black.

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The third film by Oscar-nominated director John Singleton, Creator/JohnSingleton, following ''Film/BoyzNTheHood'' and ''Poetic Justice''. It's often considered Singleton's first "white" film, although the main protagonist is still black.
22nd Feb '17 11:57:38 AM CumbersomeTercel
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Malik Williams (Omar Epps), Kristen Connor (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.

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Malik Williams (Omar Epps), Kristen Connor (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), (Creator/LaurenceFishburne), a West Indian immigrant turned political science professor who mentors both Malik and Kristen.



* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: In this film, we are presented with something not seen in a mainstream American film since ''TheBirthOfANation'' 80 years earlier: white-supremacist characters who are actually relatable and semi-sympathetic (though without the blatant hero-worship of D. W. Griffith's film, of course). We get a definite sense of what prompted [[spoiler: Remy's]] FaceHeelTurn and why he would think himself [[KnightTemplar justified in his attitudes and actions]]. It could even be argued that this film helped to set the stage for ''Film/AmericanHistoryX'' three years later, in which the skinhead is actually ''redeemed''.

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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: In this film, we are presented with something not seen in a mainstream American film since ''TheBirthOfANation'' ''Film/TheBirthOfANation'' 80 years earlier: white-supremacist characters who are actually relatable and semi-sympathetic (though without the blatant hero-worship of D. W. Griffith's film, of course). We get a definite sense of what prompted [[spoiler: Remy's]] FaceHeelTurn and why he would think himself [[KnightTemplar justified in his attitudes and actions]]. It could even be argued that this film helped to set the stage for ''Film/AmericanHistoryX'' three years later, in which the skinhead is actually ''redeemed''.



* WhatMightHaveBeen:
** Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio was originally cast as Remy, but had to leave due to his commitment to ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead''.
** Creator/DrewBarrymore was almost cast as Kristen, but appeared in ''Boys On The Side'', ''Mad Love'', and ''Film/BatmanForever'' instead.
9th Jan '17 5:48:39 PM nombretomado
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** LeonardoDiCaprio was originally cast as Remy, but had to leave due to his commitment to ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead''.

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** LeonardoDiCaprio Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio was originally cast as Remy, but had to leave due to his commitment to ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead''.
7th Jan '17 7:43:10 PM Fireblood
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* MalcolmXerox: Fudge

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* MalcolmXerox: FudgeFudge.



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

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



** 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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** 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.police, since they only care when it's a white guy.



** Ends—for no reason—with marching band playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and a shot of Prof. Phipps walking under an American flag.

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** Ends—for The film ends—for no reason—with a marching band playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and a shot of Prof. Phipps walking under an American flag.



* ScaryBlackMan: Played with:

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* ScaryBlackMan: Played with:{{Played with}}:



* SuddenlySexuality: It's actually Kristen who asks Taryn to sleep with her, but Taryn refuses believing that Kristen is merely "curious" and discouraged by men at the moment. It's implied that they do, or at least Kristen ''really'' wanted to.

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* SuddenlySexuality: It's actually Kristen who asks Taryn to sleep with her, but Taryn refuses refuses, believing that Kristen is merely "curious" and discouraged by men at the moment. It's implied that they do, or at least Kristen ''really'' wanted to.



* VillainousBSOD: Remy [[spoiler: right after his shooting spree, culminating in him committing suicide.]]

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* VillainousBSOD: Remy [[spoiler: right after his shooting spree, culminating in him committing his suicide.]]



* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler: Remy]]

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler: Remy]]Remy]].
7th Jan '17 7:31:43 PM Fireblood
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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. The two never share a scene again until the end, as Kristen mourns the deaths from festival she planned, and Malik comforts her. They both note that [[{{Irony}} it’s funny]] that they’ve never spoken before, despite both being in Phipps' class and knowing many people in common. 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. The two never share a scene again until the end, as Kristen mourns the deaths from at the peace festival she planned, and Malik comforts her. They both note that [[{{Irony}} it’s funny]] that they’ve never spoken before, despite both being in Phipps' class and knowing many people in common. Ultimately, these scenes are meant to demonstrate their mutual CharacterDevelopment.



* CoolTeacher: Professor Phipps

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* CoolTeacher: Professor PhippsPhipps.


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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Remy]] near the end.
6th Jan '17 7:35:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: In this film, we are presented with something not seen in a mainstream American film since ''TheBirthOfANation'' 80 years earlier: white-supremacist characters who are actually relatable and semi-sympathetic (though without the blatant hero-worship of D. W. Griffith's film, of course). We get a definite sense of what prompted [[spoiler: Remy's]] FaceHeelTurn and why he would think himself [[KnightTemplar justified in his attitudes and actions]]. It could even be argued that this film helped to set the stage for ''AmericanHistoryX'' three years later, in which the skinhead is actually ''redeemed''.

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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: In this film, we are presented with something not seen in a mainstream American film since ''TheBirthOfANation'' 80 years earlier: white-supremacist characters who are actually relatable and semi-sympathetic (though without the blatant hero-worship of D. W. Griffith's film, of course). We get a definite sense of what prompted [[spoiler: Remy's]] FaceHeelTurn and why he would think himself [[KnightTemplar justified in his attitudes and actions]]. It could even be argued that this film helped to set the stage for ''AmericanHistoryX'' ''Film/AmericanHistoryX'' three years later, in which the skinhead is actually ''redeemed''.
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