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This ambitious 1995 film by John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood) doesn't quite succeed at painting the illuminating, collective portrait of college life in the '90s that the director seeks. But Singleton does do a fine job of defining some conflicting impulses for young people on the cusp of adulthood, particularly the desire to broaden horizons on the one hand and circle the wagons with like-minded allies on the other. Students in the film's Columbus University divide themselves along lines of race, sexual preferences, ideology, and, most dangerously, levels of paranoia. Among the fine cast is Michael Rapaport, who portrays a loner drawn to a local community of neo-Nazis. His resultant problems with the school's African-Americans takes over the story at the expense of other, parallel dramas, but Singleton's insights into race hatred on campus--a microcosm of the surrounding culture--is not to be dismissed. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Dolby
  • Widescreen

Cast

Omar EppsMalik Williams
Kristy SwansonKristen Connor
Michael RapaportRemy
Jennifer ConnellyTaryn
Ice CubeFudge
Jason WilesWayne
Tyra BanksDeja
Cole HauserScott Moss
Laurence FishburneProfessor Maurice Phipps
Regina KingMonet
Busta RhymesDreads
Bridgette Wilson-SamprasNicole

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: John Singleton
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 127 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 11, 1995
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJul 3, 2001
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