Rated: R For language. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: July 23, 1993 Released by: Columbia Pictures
John Singleton, director of Boys in the Hood, displays far less skill and dedication in Poetic Justice.
Janet Jackson is his star; she appears overweight, dull and bland on the screen. There is no excitement in her performance; she sleepwalks through the script. Her costar, Tupac Shakur, who plays Luckey, a South-central postal carrier who resists the temptations of an easier life on the street, is effective and believable as a young man fighting to stay in the system and survive.
Filled with vulgar street language and obnoxious sexual references which overshadow the poetry by Maya Angelou that is credited to the Jackson's character in the script.
The one highlight is a picnic of a large family made up of people from all backgrounds and filled with friendly stable families. Ten years from now, when one looks at Singleton's films, this will appear to be a clumsy first try, not a second film to Boys in the Hood. Perhaps it's the sophomore jinx.