From shooting water pistols at the rest stop, to heated arguments and quickies in the back of the mail truck, Poetic Justice showed the good, bad and ugly of the co-ed road trip and romanticized the idea of mixing work with a little bit of pleasure.
One of the most endearing scenes from Poetic Justice occurs when Lucky, Justice, Iesha and Chicago stumble upon a cookout for a family reunion, which they join under the guise of being relatives of the family themselves. From Lucky ingratiating himself to cousin Pete, to Iesha and Chicago's exchange with the matriarchs of the family, the family reunion is remembered as one of the key moments from the film and resonated with a nation of young, black partycrashers while proving that, at the end of it all, we're all one big family.
After capturing the hearts of black America in her role as Brenda Jenkins on the sitcom as a teenager, Regina King did what many other child actors have failed to do and successfully transitioned into adulthood, beginning with her movie debut in the John Singleton film Boyz n The Hood.
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However, two years later, Singleton cast King as Iesha in Poetic Justice , a role that would truly showcase her talents and ability to captivate an audience. The best friend of Justice and a borderline alcoholic, Iesha's character is one that struck a chord with viewers in a big way and stole the show from both Tupac and Janet Jackson at times.
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From her scathing takedown of Chicago to her sisterhood with Justice, King's portrayal of Iesha was one that solidified her as a viable supporting actress and stands as one of the breakout roles of her career. Making history, breaking records, and being the first isn't new to Janet Jackson. Comedian Joe Torry first gained notoriety as one of the faces of Def Comedy Jam during the early 90s, but made another big splash with his role as Chicago.
A coworker of Lucky and Iesha's boyfriend, Chicago's inflated sense of self and comedic one-liners initially make him a favorable character, however, his insecurity, coupled with Iesha's apparent lack of respect for him, turns the mail truck into a powder keg which explodes and culminates in an act of domestic violence and creates division among himself and his partner-in-crime. Plus, Lucky throwing Chicago's trusty brush into the canyon was one of the most hilarious, yet fitting moments in one of the best movies of the decade. One constant theme throughout Poetic Justice was its commentary on the state of relations between men and women, with both sides weighing in on the issue.
Moments like the infamous salon scene where Lucky first encounters Justice and her man-eating boss Jessie, and his intense arguments with Justice during their trek to Oakland are just a few of a handful of instances in Poetic Justice that tackle men and women's gripes with one another and the disconnect that occurs at times within the black community as a result. Wowing audiences with his portrayal of Bishop in the film Juice , Tupac Shakur was touted as an artist with the acting chops to thrive in Hollywood. However, being typecast into roles as a thug or criminal has stunted the careers of many actors, let along artists looking to make the transition into film.
So when Tupac was cast as Lucky, a law-abiding mailman and caring father looking to help his cousin pursue their dream, the role was the polar opposite of Bishop and was a testament of his range as an actor and his ability to play characters that didn't align with his image as a rapper. Five Tupac Shakur interviews that still resonate with black America. Long before feminism became a topic of discussion in the mainstream, Poetic Justice helped introduce a nation of black women to the movement through Jackson's character Justice, who demanded respect from men like Lucky and helped uplift women like her friend Iesha and inspired them to love themselves.
In addition to her strength and lack of tolerance for being objectified or called out of her name, Justice also displays a vulnerability that belies her hardened exterior, particular in her comfort of Lucky and their unlikely romance. More by Preezy Brown:. The 25 best 'A Different World' references in rap.
The year New York City crowned new rap kings. Charting Black Excellence 8 narratives the Billboard year-end charts reveal about black artistry in Preezy Brown Jul 23, Poetic justice filme legendado pt 8. Val Silva Tv Uni. Poetic justice filme legendado pt He turns his anger on Justice, angrily blaming her for distracting him while they were on the road. Jessie gives Justice and Iesha advice about men before the hair show. Lucky's uncle and aunt give Lucky his cousin's recording equipment.
Lucky decides not to come back to work and to take care of Keisha. Some months have passed, and Lucky meets up with Justice again back at the hair salon, just at the moment he brings in his daughter Keisha. Lucky is remorseful over his conduct in Oakland and the cruel words he said to Justice there, and apologizes. She smiles at him and they share a passionate kiss.
Justice smiles coyly, and then turns her attention to Keisha, fussing over her hair. Justice and Lucky's eyes meet over Keisha's head and they smile, their connection as strong as ever.
On July 23, , John Singleton spoke with writer Lathleen Ade-Brown for Essence magazine and discussed the 20th anniversary of the film. The interview mentioned that in , black female leads were rare and he wanted to give a voice to young African American women. He also revealed whose idea it was for Janet Jackson to wear the now iconic box braid extensions: I brought her and Fatima and a couple of other dancers over to hang out with Janet and they all became friends.
I said, "Why don't we try and do Janet's hair like Jossie's hair? The movie was filmed in Upon its release, Poetic Justice received mixed to positive reviews with most critics comparing it to the critically acclaimed film, also by Singleton, Boyz N the Hood.
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Much of the acclaim was directed to the performances by both Jackson and Shakur, with criticism stemming from the writing and story line. Three charting singles were released from the album: Remember Me by Tupac Shakur. Due to the film's casting of two major music stars of the time, there was a lot of hype surrounding the release of the movie.
Many were excited to see how the dynamic between Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur would manifest itself in the film both visually and musically.
On the soundtrack, each artist was given a single song. Tupac's "Definition of a Thug Nigga" is an example of braggadocios, violent rap music. The song conflates lyrics of degrading women with aggressive threats and discussions of firearms. The song is a returning victim narrative without any explicit mentions of physical and emotional abuse just general wrongdoing.
The film was scored by musician Stanley Clarke. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Poetic Justice Theatrical release poster. June 6, " Indo Smoke " Released: June 8, " Call Me a Mack " Released: Retrieved 26 July The Los Angeles Times. Traveling on a Bumpy Road". Films directed by John Singleton. Retrieved from " https: Articles with hAudio microformats Album infoboxes lacking a cover.