Higher Ed [DVD]
(Aries Spears, Hill Harper, Leila Arcieri, Pras, et al / DVD / NR / (2001) 2021 / Lightyear Entertainment)
Overview: Ed (Pras from The Refugees) is an inner-city kid who enters college on a track scholarship to escape some thugs from his drug-dealing past.
DVD Verdict: At the ripe age of 19, Ed Green (Pras) is a dismal failure. He has resigned himself to smoking and selling Marijuana for the psychotic local drug dealer Sadico, until Sadicoís sister pins her pregnancy on Ed and Sadico vows to kill Ed.
Hearing of this, Ed decides to skip town, unsure of where to go and hide. As a last act of desperation, Ed decides to enroll at a local University and hide out by taking classes and living on Campus.
Unfortunately, Ed is assigned dorm room 420, with roommate Bud Carter (Aries Spears). Bud quickly becomes a negative influence on Ed, who falls back into his old ways.
But the Mexican Gang has picked up on Edís trail, sending goons to register as students on the same Campus to find Ed.
Ed is meanwhile developing a romantic relationship with fellow student Lisa (Leila Arcieri), but must lure her away from her Big Man on Campus boyfriend Craig (Hill Harper).
The plot thickens when police detectives set up a sting operation to address the growing problem of drugs on campus!
And so with everything adding up to one looming question for Ed: will his college career go up in smoke?
That question is answered, along with a whole host of others you did not even know needed answering here in the 20 year old Higher Ed.
This never-before-released first film from writer-director-producer Jean-Claude LaMarre, who celebrates two successful decades in Hollywood with numerous popular films and series including Chocolate City, Noraís Hair Salon, Trapped, Color of the Cross and Pastor Jones, is just what you would expect from it and thus fulfills its entertainment promise. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.