Rated: PG-13 For adult content and language. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: September 18, 1992 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation
Set in the mid 1950s, David Green (Brendan Fraser, Encino Man), a Jewish football quarterback from a working class family in Scranton, Pennsylvania gets a football scholarship to an Ivy League Catholic prep school to help out their losing team.
His coach tells him to keep his Jewishness a secret from his classmates so they will accept hi.
The students like David, who is bright, handsome and a great ball player, until a jealous classmate finds out his secret. He tells the other kids, and they quickly turn against David.
Like many young people with prejudices, they've learned from their parents and most of the students who disliked Jews admitted that they had never even met one before.
The story is also about the pressure put on kids by their parents to do well in school. David has an easier time dealing with those pressures than his more privileged classmates. They have tough, successful parents who expect their sons to get terrific grades, excel in sports and get accepted to the best colleges. Their futures are mapped out for them in full detail.
Fraser stands out in a cast of credible young people, which include Matt Damon as the friend and Amy Locane as David's girlfriend.
Fraser's been on several promotional television interviews and he's a very intense, articulate young man who obviously feels very deeply about the subject of anti-Semitism and his performance shows that; he give a very good, sensitive portrayal.
Well written and though provoking, School Ties tells an important, good story.