Higher LearningDirector: John Singleton
This drama examines the personal, political, and racial dilemmas facing a group of college freshmen as they begin their first semester at Columbus University. Malik (Omar Epps) is an African-American student attending on a track scholarship; academics are not his strong suit, and he goes in thinking that his athletic abilities will earn him a free ride through college… See more details below
This drama examines the personal, political, and racial dilemmas facing a group of college freshmen as they begin their first semester at Columbus University. Malik (Omar Epps) is an African-American student attending on a track scholarship; academics are not his strong suit, and he goes in thinking that his athletic abilities will earn him a free ride through college. Fudge (Ice Cube), a "professional student" who has been at Columbus for six years so far, becomes friendly with Malik and challenges his views about race and politics in America, while Professor Phipps (Laurence Fishburne), a black man who teaches political science, firmly tells Malik that he will not be graded on a different standard either because of his race or his ability to run quickly. With Deja (Tyra Banks), Malik finds a girlfriend, a tutor, and a training partner all rolled into one. Meanwhile, Kristen (Kristy Swanson), a somewhat naive young woman from California, meets a boy named Billy (Jay R. Ferguson) after both have had too much to drink at a beer blast; Kristen soon becomes a victim of date rape and becomes involved with a campus feminist group to deal with the painful experience. While working with the women's group, Kristen gets to know Taryn (Jennifer Connelly), a strong but understanding woman who is also a lesbian, and she finds herself becoming attracted to her. And Remy (Michael Rappaport) is a confused young man from the Midwest who feels lost in the multi-cultural atmosphere of Columbus. He is approached by Scott (Cole Hauser), a member of a group of racist skinheads, who believe that Remy is a perfect candidate to help carry out his group's violent goals. Keep an eye peeled for Gwyneth Paltrow, who has a bit part as a student; rap stars Busta Rhymes, D-Knowledge and Mista Grimm also appear in supporting roles.
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Cast & Crew
|Omar Epps||Malik Williams|
|Kristy Swanson||Kristen Connor|
|Laurence Fishburne||Professor Maurice Phipps|
|Cole Hauser||Scott Moss|
|Bradford English||Officer Bradley|
|Jay R. Ferguson||Billy|
|Adam Goldberg||David Isaacs|
|J. Trevor Edmond||Eddie|
|Randall Batinkoff||Chad Shadowhill|
|Warren Olney||T.V. Reporter|
|Skip O'Brien||Security Guard|
|Bill Evans||Security Guard|
|Graham Galloway||Frat Member|
|Alicia Stevenson||Monet's Friend|
|Colleen Fitzpatrick||Festival Singer|
|Rick Avery||Guard Beats Malik|
|Chad Dowdell||Disgruntled Yet Eager Student|
|Danny Bramson||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Keith Brian Burns||Production Designer|
|Veda Campbell||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Stanley Clarke||Score Composer|
|Michael C. Claypool||Set Decoration/Design|
|Peter Lyons Collister||Cinematographer|
|Charles Daboub||Set Decoration/Design|
|Bruce Franklin||Asst. Director|
|Richard Holland||Art Director|
|Carol Oditz||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Dwight Alonzo Williams||Co-producer|
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Watching Higher Learning left me feeling a little sad, but the point of the movie was so strong it left me speechless. It dissapoints me that I havent seen any reviews about it. I strongly recommend this movie to anyone who hasn't seen it.
This film focuses on the racial aspect of going to a mixed college. Even in this day and age racism still goes on right in our backyards whether we like it or not. This movie by John Singleton gives its viewers a look into what it's like to be a college student and still have to deal with racism and does a superb job of doing that.
The movie on first viewing appears to sit on several sides of various fences, but when you watch it with the director's commentary turned on, you get a very different perspective. For example, the director laughs at the Black professor who advises his students to study, etc., calling him 'conservative.' The director also laughs when a Black student threatens to assault his white roommate who politely asks him to turn down his stereo. And so on it goes. This film and commentary reveals racism on campus all right, but it may not be the racism the director intended. There are no good, thorough and accurate films about what is happening on college campuses nowadays, but you could check out the novel The Rape of Alma Mater, for a fictionalize account. Incidentally, you also learn that the director was hired right out of college by Columbia Pictures studio and given a job as director with no apprenticeship, no working his way up, etc. Is this too an example of racism in America?
I like reading the reviews of an edgy film like this. You will get your racists from all quarters, whether white, black, Hispanic, or whatever race. I didn't think this was nearly the type of work you saw in Boyz in the Hood or earlier John Singleton work. More shoddy and the campus life I found not that profound. What was Laurence Fishburne's role anyway? The multicultural aspects were more accurate but skinheads, give me a break. Maybe in certain areas of the country like California but I don't know about anywhere else.
I loved this movie. I watched it wirh my 12 year old daughter. It made me cry. more movies like this need to be told
i got the dvd and this movie is great as seeing Kristy Swason i enjoyed the movie and Tyra Banks im happy i got to see this movie its nice to watch and enjoy
This moive is an preachy heey handed sanctmounous waste of time i wanted my money back aftter renting this the only charcter that made any sense was the professer this movie painted collage as nothing more then an race war waiting to happen and it was overall one of the worst movies i ever saw.