Higher Learning

Higher Learning

John Singleton (1995)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Director John Singleton's thoughtful, sometimes heavy-handed, third feature recalls Spike Lee's 1988 campus satire School Daze, with its depiction of a university campus as social microcosm. In a place where race and peer pressure matter more than intelligence and individuality, only professor Laurence Fishburne (who also appeared in the Lee movie) seems capable of thinking for himself. However, his idealistic belief in talent seems curiously naive alongside the terrified eagerness with which freshmen Michael Rapaport, Omar Epps and Kristy Swanson seek to fit into their new environment. Cole Hauser is chillingly effective as the white supremacist skinhead who reveals Rapaport's potential for violence, while Jennifer Connelly gives the most adult performance as a worldly-wise lesbian.


College freshmen spend a year adjusting to their new surroundings and unusual influences - with varying degrees of success. Drama, starring Laurence Fishburne, Ice Cube, Kristy Swanson, Jennifer Connelly and Omar Epps.

Cast & Crew

Taryn Jennifer Connelly
Fudge Ice Cube
Professor Maurice Phipps Laurence Fishburne
Malik Williams Omar Epps
Kristen Connor Kristy Swanson
Remy Michael Rapaport
Wayne Jason Wiles
Deja Tyra Banks
Scott Moss Cole Hauser
Officer Bradley Bradford English
Monet Regina King
Dreads Busta Rhymes
Knocko Andrew Bryniarski
David Isaacs Adam Goldberg
Claudia Kari Wuhrer
Director John Singleton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Tri-Star Films (UK)Guidance: Contains violence, swearing and drug abuse. Available on: video and DVD