Poetic Justice (1993)

By EW Staff
August 02, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT
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We rate Janet Jackson’s big movie debut

THE ROLE Los Angeles hairdresser-by-day, poet-at-heart Justice, who begins to rethink her stance on romance during a road trip with a handsome, complicated postal worker

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY Medium. Mirroring Jackson’s public persona at the time this movie was made, Justice is a soft-spoken yet thoughtful dreamer. But we’re guessing Jackson had to reach beyond her own life experience to react to such unpleasantries as close-range shootings, disrespectful men, and working the old 9-to-5.

LEVEL OF SUCCESS 5 Jackson gets a passing grade when it comes to capturing the quiet struggle of a woman who seeks more out of life, but she fails her chemistry exam — despite the smoldering presence of costar Tupac Shakur (pictured, with Jackson).

TASTY TIDBIT At the request of director John Singleton, Jackson packed on an extra 10 pounds for her role, so audiences wouldn’t confuse Justice with, say, a member of Rhythm Nation 1814.

EW MOVIE GRADE C- (Read the review)

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