Ty Burr
April 30, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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
Dick Wolf
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 — and least insufferable — entries in the recent prep-school genre. B

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