Chris Nashawaty
November 04, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

With Honors

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
103 minutes
performer
Patrick Dempsey, Brendan Fraser, Josh Hamilton, Moira Kelly, Joe Pesci
director
Alek Keshishian
author
William Mastrosimone
genre
Comedy, Drama

We gave it a D

Could there be a more numbskull, less engaging plot than this? Four Harvard students bond with a bitter-but-charismatic homeless man (Pesci), because, you see, the brats and the greasy scamp are emotionally incomplete and can grow from their unlikely friendship. Five minutes into this Ivy League confection, I realized I was skewered on a spit in Dante’s ninth concentric circle of Hell. Pesci — who hasn’t been in a video this tired since the just-released Jimmy Hollywood — is grating as the seize-the-day bum, so it’s a shock that he’s welcome relief from Fraser’s doe-eyed emoting. With Honors graduates summa cum lousy. D

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