The film Higher Learning is a call to action. It is a film that shows people as products of their environment. The film is set on a college campus, a place where most people learn about what they will do in their adult life to try to better the world or simply educate themselves in order to live a better life. However, life on the Columbus campus is not good; it is a battlefield between the races and sexes. I feel it is a bit exaggerated, but it allows people to see some of the issues that go on, on a college campus. The film focuses on three freshman (Malik, Kristen, & Remy) entering college. They enter a less than ideal new world that is filled with tension, anxiety and fear. Although the writer uses stereotypical characters, it
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He doesn't preach or try to decide what people should do; he presents a situation and then gets each individual to use their knowledge, background, and experience to decide how they should handle it. It should be noted that he's the only professor in the movie, and we rarely even see his classroom. The reason for this is that the campus society, the groups of similars banded together against one another, are the key element that molds each new class. Phipps knows how to guide students in the right direction, but he's the lone combatant against this stratified senselessness.
Another positive influence on Malik surprisingly comes is Ice Cube's character Fudge. I say that because Fudge initially seems like a big-mouthed punk slacker that will never graduate. Fudge is not the kind of person you want to room with. He does what he wants whenever he wants; he's incredibly selfish and inconsiderate to anyone who isn't in his group. He is at odds with the world, but he knows exactly why and is able to convey this knowledge. Although not nearly as memorable, Cube is in the vein of Woody Harrelson: capable of playing one type of character really well but hardly a chameleon. John Singleton is the director who launched his career though, and he knows what he is and isn't capable of. One of Fudge's messages is that you have the right to be treated equal. Fudge