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      With Honors

      PG-13 1994 1h 40m Drama Comedy List
      19% Tomatometer 26 Reviews 74% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings Academia meets street smarts when Monty Kessler (Brendan Fraser), a graduate student struggling to finish his program, loses his thesis and finds it in the hands of a homeless man named Simon Wilder (Joe Pesci). Though the two get off on the wrong foot, they become unlikely friends, with Simon teaching Monty some important life lessons. Although Monty's roommates, including his buddy, Everett Calloway (Patrick Dempsey), initially dislike having Simon around, they grow to appreciate him, too. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      While it's admittedly well-meaning, With Honors handles its themes in strictly remedial fashion.

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      Anderson Jones Detroit Free Press Keshishian has smoothly made the transition from fringe to commercial by taking a fairly ordinary story and crafting it into a highly entertaining drama. Rated: 3/4 Apr 26, 2022 Full Review Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly Rated: D Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Nell Minow Movie Mom Rated: 3/5 Jun 19, 2003 Full Review Sean Collier Box Office Prophets While the film's schmaltz and occasional moments of aspirational Gen-X cool earned it a fond place in the memories of some ... With Honors is largely hackneyed. Rated: 2/10 Aug 30, 2021 Full Review Malcolm Johnson Hartford Courant The brainiest of the current class of college comedies and dramas, but not quite high enough to qualify as a magna cum laude portrayal of a meeting of minds. Rated: 2.5/4 Apr 10, 2018 Full Review Austin Kennedy Sin Magazine 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. Rated: .5/4 May 23, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Simon S Wonderful story. Great actors. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/14/24 Full Review Jacqueline F This is one of my favorite movies of both Joe Pesci and Brendan Fraser. They both fill a void in each other's lives, and in some way become father and son to each other. It's a great 90's film. I recommend it! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/22/24 Full Review MARCELLO S I'm a fan of this movie since the first time I watched. Great emocional history Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/21/24 Full Review Michelle L I just watched this film for the 1st time (Nov 2023), and I wish I had seen it years ago. It's the kind of movie that makes you think and cry. It's personally very moving. You go in, thinking it's a lighthearted flick (which in large part it is). But it's actually a Trojan Horse because it humanizes the dehumanized (maybe that explains the abysmally low scores from mainstream critics). "With Honors" is a movie that makes you think, laugh & cry - but more importantly, it makes you reevaluate how you see people. You watch how a homeless bum (Joe Pesci) is transformed into a human being in the eyes of a Harvard student (and those of the audience). It's easy to dehumanize the homeless by calling them bums and thus scapegoat them for all the ills of society. But when you watch this movie, you unfortunately realize how easily anyone can fall into living on the streets. (Given current inflation and housing crisis, this 1994 film still hits a societal nerve.) Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/28/23 Full Review Lisa A I am not sure why this movie has gotten bad reviews. It is one of my all time favorite movies. Everyone who has watched it with me, or watched after my recommendation, has absolutely loved the movie. I dare you to watch and not shed a tear. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/29/23 Full Review Elizabeth C For many, many years this was my husband's favorite movie. Both of us appreciate the character development of Brendan Fraser's "Monty" and the development of his relationship with a bum. Thought-provoking movie! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Academia meets street smarts when Monty Kessler (Brendan Fraser), a graduate student struggling to finish his program, loses his thesis and finds it in the hands of a homeless man named Simon Wilder (Joe Pesci). Though the two get off on the wrong foot, they become unlikely friends, with Simon teaching Monty some important life lessons. Although Monty's roommates, including his buddy, Everett Calloway (Patrick Dempsey), initially dislike having Simon around, they grow to appreciate him, too.
      Director
      Alek Keshishian
      Producer
      Paula Weinstein, Amy Robinson
      Screenwriter
      William Mastrosimone
      Production Co
      Spring Creek Productions, Warner Bros.
      Rating
      PG-13
      Genre
      Drama, Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 10, 2008
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $18.0M
      Runtime
      1h 40m
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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