School Ties (1992)
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An assemblage of young Hollywood actors poised for stardom marked this tale of anti-Semitism at a 1950s prep school. Brendan Fraser stars as David Greene, a working-class Jewish quarterback from Scranton, Pennsylvania, who is offered a senior year scholarship to a prestigious New England academy. It's David's ticket to an Ivy League education and a way out of his Rust Belt hometown, but there's one condition: the school's elders ask him to be discreet about his religion. At first willing to do
Sep 18, 1992 Wide
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This is a bewildering mixture of fairly accomplished storytelling, awkward contrivances in the script, and lies in the overall conception so egregious they undercut any pretensions the film might have to social seriousness.
More notable perhaps for a roster of future stars and Oscar winners than for its unexceptional plot, this well executed film nevertheless has its charms.
School Ties has a leafy, genteel look that is somehow less than convincing, perhaps because the hairdos are too tidy and the resemblances to other prep-school stories too clear.
Good intentions go for naught as director Robert Mandel (F/X) pounds home every contrivance in the script by Darryl Ponicsan (Taps).
There's a dramatic imbalance to Dick Wolf and Darryl Ponicsan's screenplay.
In the real world, it's more likely that Greene's working-class background would work harder against his acceptance at a snooty prep school than his religious beliefs, but School Ties largely ignores this angle.
The boys put in fine performances but sadly the script lacks the depth of what could have been a challenging story.
Fraser, O'Donnell, Damon and Affleck would all go on to have much hyped careers, and occasionally make better films than this overbearingly worthy classroom drama.
Though well-intentioned as a message picture, the film is too schematic and predictable, and ultimately may be more significant in featuring a new cohort of actors, including Brandon Frazer, Chris O'Donnell, Matt Damon, and others.
Well-intentioned (and only occasionally mawkish) tale of college-boy anti-semitism.
Sensível e envolvente, o filme aborda o anti-semitismo (e o preconceito, de forma geral) através de uma história simples, mas eficaz. É surpreendente como Brendan Fraser pode ser um ótimo ator, quando assim deseja.
A solid movie about anti-semitism that is most noteworthy because of it's now famous cast.
...works due mostly to some fine performances and a well-paced script.
The stellar cast are brilliant. Brendan Fraser knocks the audience for six.
It's not often that a predictable script is turned into a worthwhile movie, but in the case of School Ties it has happened.
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