School Daze

School Daze
School Daze
  • R
  • 2h 0m
  • 1988
Rotten59%
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Innovative filmmaker, Spike Lee (She's Gotta Have It), brings to the screen a music-filled, offbeat contemporary comedy that takes an unforgettable look at black college life. Amidst gala coronations, football, fraternities, parades and parties, the stars of the film-Laurence Fishburne ("Dap" Dunlap), an intense student who encourages his buddies ("DaFellas") to fight for his beliefs; Giancarlo Esposito (Julian "Big Brother Almighty" Eaves), out to strengthen the Greek system with his Gamma PhiGamma fraternity brothers; Spike Lee ("Half-Pint"), driven to become a "Gamma man"; and Tisha Campbell (Jane Toussaint), leader of the sorority, "Gamma Rays," find themselves caught up in romance and relationships/rituals and rivalries during one outrageous homecoming weekend. With dynamic music, including EU's hit "Da Butt", and dance numbers choreographed by Otis Sallid (Fame), Lee successfully challenges viewpoints about self-identity and self-esteem in this original, contemporary musical comedy.
© 1988 Columbia Pictures Industries , Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Rotten59%
Critics Consensus: School Daze is undeniably messy, but thought-provoking themes, strong performances, and Spike Lee's ingratiating energy help tie it all together.
Reviews
Time Out
Derek Adams
Rotten

Lee has a small, intimate talent; here, he goes for the big podium and blows it.

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Janet Maslin
Rotten

For every tough-minded confrontation between the different student factions, School Daze is apt to...

June 17, 2017
Washington Post
Rita Kempley
Rotten

School Daze, with its pompous patchwork plot, is an arrogant, humorless, sexist mess.

June 16, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:February 12, 1988
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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