Writer-director John Singleton's follow-up to his acclaimed first film, BOYZ N THE HOOD, doesn't quite rate as a sophomore slump, but it comes awfully close. Overall, this is a fuzzy, unfocused drama that bites off more than it can chew, or viewers can digest.
Janet Jackson makes a promising debut as Justice, a lonely hairdresser living in South Central L.A. who writes poetry (written by Maya Angelou, who also has an amusing cameo as "Aunt June") simultaneously expressing her alienation and belief that no man (or woman) can make it alone in a world as
imperfect as this. She becomes further withdrawn when her boyfriend is murdered by gang members at a drive-in ...