Billed as a modern-day “street romance” (sort of a girl-meets-boy in the ‘hood) starring musicians Janet Jackson and Tupak Shakur, the film POETIC JUSTICE is, more accurately, the story of “gum-smacking girls-with-attitude denigrate and out curse low-life boys-without-a-clue in South Central L.A.” He is a slang-talking postal worker named Lucky, who has a diamond in his nose, wants a career in rap music and cannot form a complete sentence. She is a depressed hairdresser named Justice, in mourning over the death of her boyfriend, and writes poetry to soothe her aching heart. They meet, curse and insult each other, take a trip to Oakland together, fight, curse and insult some more, fall in love, and become a couple. WOW! What a script!
The women in POETIC JUSTICE are treated as trash, only useful and valuable for sex. Men are denigrated as well, as writer/director John Singleton simply promotes and glorifies the very stereotypes he should be fighting to eliminate.
POETIC JUSTICE is only average from an overall technical standpoint, with fair acting and abysmal writing. No redeeming value can be found in the film, artistically or socially, and any hint of romance or feeling is totally obliterated by the enormous amount of offensive language and negative, depressing attitudes present in every character.
(H, LLL, VV, SS, A/D, M) Humanism; 386 obscenities, 6 profanities & several obscene hand gestures, numerous references to male & female genitalia, frequent & graphic sexual innuendo, plus countless use of racial slurs; 2 deaths by gunshot, several fights & man punches woman in the face; couple fornicates, promiscuity and sexual immorality treated as normal & necessary for good attitude & happiness, illegitimacy & prostitution treated as acceptable; alcohol, drug use & smoking; and, insulting & degrading treatment of women by men & vice versa.