"Question the knowledge."
The third film by Oscar-nominated director John Singleton, following Boyz n the Hood
and Poetic Justice
. It's often considered Singleton's first "white" film, although the main protagonist is still black.
Malik Williams (Omar Epps), Kristen Connor (Kristy Swanson), and the mysterious "Remy"
) 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 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.
As the story progresses, three lives gradually come to be changed forever. Malik becomes more and more disillusioned with the supposed promise offered by higher education, while Kristen and Remy are both radically transformed by their sometimes traumatic and always bewildering experiences.
Also features rapper Ice Cube
as the charismatic Fudge, and Jennifer Connelly
as the feminist Taryn.
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