Director: John Singleton
Stars: Omar Epps, Kristy Swanson, Michael Rapaport, Jennifer Connelly, Ice Cube, Tyra Banks, Kristy Swanson, Busta Rhymes, Laurence Fishburne, Cole Hauser
Lesson Learned: Political correctness is, for lack of a better word, bullshit.

It's not one for subtlety, but Higher Learning, John Singleton's angry indictment of collegiate race relations, is definitely a thought-provoker. At the fictional Columbus University (named after notoriously racist explorer Christopher—Heavy-Handed Element No. 1), neo-Nazi skinheads, lesbian feminists, and militant black men try their damndest to peacefully coexist. And with an ensemble of talented actors on their A-games, specifically Ice Cube, Omar Epps, and Michael Rapaport, the various archetypes make for interesting characters.

At times, though, Higher Learning feels like a precursor to Crash, drilling its no-equality message into viewers' brains with Spike-Lee-like force. Yet, even at its most demanding, Higher Learning packs an emotional punch. The finale, a no doubt Charles Whitman-inspired shooting spree, is particularly scarring.