John Singleton's dramatic film Poetic Justice is the story of a young woman named Justice. Justice is devastated after the sudden tragic loss of her boyfriend. As a result of her boyfriend's demise, Justice becomes withdrawn and melancholy, fearful to love again. She embarks on a life dealing with people and situations in that manner. She soon makes the acquaintance of a mail man after he enters the beauty parlor she works at and begins some small talk with her. She pretends to take a liking to him, then blind sides him with a cruel trick.
After accepting her friend's Iesha's offer to go on a trip to Oakland with her and her boyfriend, Justice finds herself stuck, when the driver of the vehicle is the same mailman. The entire trip becomes an adventure where the characters lives unfold and becomes fleshed out. Justice first appears to be self-absorbed and narcistic to the young mailman. He becomes annoyed at her throughout the course of the film, leaving viewers to wonder what would become of this duo next. Everyone can relate to the hardships and sexual tension that the two undergo. Will it manifest into a relationship?
The cross state journey takes Justice and company to a barbecue held by a large family of eccentric people. The fact that a lot of the family are unfamiliar with each other becomes a free ticket to a delicious feast for the travelers. During the picnic, they are embraced by the family and are graced with wisdom. Justice also has a hidden wisdom and of course is a poet, hence the title of the film. She learns to loosen up and become warm and passionate again, as she grows fond of the stunning mailman. The story will take moviegoers through a journey of discovery, love and acceptance. Its a compelling love story filled with the challenges brought on by the unpredictable nature of relationships.
Poetic Justice is a film that is realistic and will cause viewers to feel the protagonist's pain and anguish. Some may root for her to look for love again, in hopes of seeing her happy, others will revel in her sorrows and hope for her never to trust and love again, as a way of not wanting to see her settle for the wrong man and get hurt.
Life can be a struggle, but with struggle comes harmony and simplicity.