With Honors (1994)
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Movie InfoHarvard University graduate Alek Keshishian directed this tale about a homeless man who teaches some snotty Harvard students a thing or two about real life. Monty (Brendan Fraser) is a self-absorbed graduate student who is obsessed with finishing his thesis on government so that he can satisfy his demanding teacher, Professor Pitkannan (Gore Vidal). When Monty loses his precious thesis in the basement of the library's heating plant, it is found by a homeless man living there, Simon (Joe Pesci). Simon agrees to return the thesis one page at a time in return for certain favors. The relationship with the bearded vagabond changes Monty's view of life, and it also affects his housemates, who include Everett (Patrick Dempsey), a wisecracking radio host; Courtney (Moira Kelly), who is immature and sex-obsessed; and the studious nerd Jeff (Josh Hamilton). Simon becomes something of a father figure to Monty, argues history with Professor Pitkannan, and provides an earthy balance to the overly academic viewpoint of the students. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for With Honors
This movie is predictable from scene one, though that wouldn't be a problem if it had a good script, good performances and solid direction. But it doesn't.
A politically correct, vastly sentimental and ultimately insincere saga of the friendship between a kind homeless man, played by Joe Pesci, and a guilt-ridden Harvard student, played byBrendan Frazer.
Obviously inspired by the success of Scent of a Woman, this one could have been called Scent of a Bum.
Well meaning drama but oversimplifies a lot and plays the death card too easily.
One of the few films I've ever walked out on. Pesci and Fraser serve up unsympathetic and grating characters.
Audience Reviews for With Honors
A simplistic movie - a homeless bum teaches Harvard students what is important in life, but everything is too easy in this movie.More
A great drama, I saw this for a class, which usually makes you dislike a movie, but this one was fantastic. The story is based on a real story, and the actors are good, and it's just so cool. If you like dramas, you have to see it.More
I liked this one. The cast was really good and it gave Pesci a chance to shine while not being a goofball or a gangster. The rest of the cast was really good and the story moved along really well.More
Very interesting drama about a homeless philosopher who teaches blue-blooded Harvard student about life and compassion. This great story is predictable, even when it takes a tear-jerking turn, but Joe Pesci's cocky charm and the remarkably attractive supporting ensemble keep things interesting.More
With Honors Quotes
- Simon Wilder:
- When it comes to relationships, everybody's a used car salesman.
- Monty Kessler:
- Is that your philosophy? Don't trust anyone?
- Simon Wilder:
- No, you gotta trust people.You just can't believe in a warranty.
- Simon Wilder:
- You shall no longer take things at second or third hand, nor look through the eyes of the dead or feed on the specters of books. You shall not look through my eyes, either, or take things from me. You shall listen to all sides and filter them from yourself.
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