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School Ties

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School Ties

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
performer:
Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Chris O'Donnell, Ben Affleck, Cole Hauser, Zeljko Ivanek, Amy Locane, Andrew Lowery, Randall Batinkoff, Anthony Rapp
director:
Robert Mandel
author:
4020
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B

Since the cast includes teen dream Fraser, Scent of a Woman‘s O’Donnell, and Melrose Place‘s Amy Locane, the Sassy set should rent this sucker off the shelves. But grown-ups can go to this School too; it’s a sharply written and acted drama about the rules of the ruling class, circa 1955. A James Spader with deltoids, Fraser plays a prep-school scholarship student whose football-hero status is lost when it becomes known that he’s Jewish; like the rest of the movie, his terse underplaying makes the message hit home harder. In illuminating how upper-class bigotry can encompass both the actively fascist and the politely passive, School Ties is actually one of the more realistic ā€” and least insufferable ā€” entries in the recent prep-school genre. B

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