Light It Up (1999)



Critic Consensus: Soon into the student uprising, the story starts to feel like a warmed over after-school special.

Movie Info

Noted R&B artist and producer Kenneth (Babyface) Edmonds served as executive producer for this tough urban drama. After a shooting incident in a neglected inner-city school leaves a police officer wounded, a group of students holds the cop hostage, in a desperate effort to force improvements to their school. The cast includes another R&B hitmaker, Usher, as well as Forest Whitaker, Vanessa L. Williams, and Rosario Dawson. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Rating: R (for language and violent content)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Craig Bolotin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 13, 2000
20th Century Fox - Official Site


as Lester

as Off. Dante Jackson

as Stephanie

as Ken Knowles

as Rodney

as Robert "Rivers" Trem...

as Audrey McDonald

as Principal Armstrong

as Capt. Monroe

as Arturo Orosco

as Sgt. Tortino

as Intelligence Officer...

as Intelligence Officer...

as Gangbanger

as Girl One in Bathroom

as Girl Two in Bathroom

as Police Officer Kelly

as Rookie Cop

as Straggler #1

as WPIX Anchor

as Reporter #2

as New York Post Report...

as New York Post Report...

as SWAT Spotter

as Radio DJ

as Cop Shooting at Kids

as Paul Miller/Sniper #...

as Student Council Secr...

as Mr. Miller

as MTV Employee

as Team Leader

as Tactical Cop #2

as Fox News Anchor

as Secretary

as Principal Armstrong'...

as Lester's Mom

as Lester's Dad

as SWAT Team Member

as Security Officer

as News Anchor #1

as NBC Anchor

as Cop #2

as Lester Dewitt
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Critic Reviews for Light It Up

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (23)

The dialogue is ridiculous and condescending.

January 1, 2000
New York Post
Top Critic

Painfully obvious and cliched.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Writer-director Craig Bolotin wants to get our motors racing, our minds pondering and our hearts pumping. Laudable goals; shaky results.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Bolotin repeatedly reminds the viewer of his lack of imagination.

January 1, 2000
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Nelson, Whitaker and their talented, young co-stars give this film most of whatever juice it has.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Crackling dialogue, surprising intelligence and an emotional wallop.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Light It Up

Usher's "acting" ruined the whole thing for me

Remi Logan

Super Reviewer


Above average gritty inner city school drama. Usher did an okay job as the ring leader. And Forest is brilliant as always...
Look out for an early shot at Rosario Dawson.

i know you see usher in the pic i didnt get to finish watchen dis cuz my cable went out cuz it waz rainin but i do know dey cuss a lot


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