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School Ties

drama, sports

After receiving a scholarship to an exclusive prep school, working-class teen David Greene (Fraser) becomes a star athlete and wins the attention of a beautiful debutante (Amy Locane).

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Stirring movie may be too heavy for some tweens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that anti-Semitism is expressed by both adults and youngsters -- most older children will understand that the movie aims to communicate how wrong this behavior is, but parents may still want to discuss the topic further after the movie is over.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the bigotry depicted in this film.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 12
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Top Critic Reviews


- Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Though well-intentioned as a message picture, the film is too schematic and predictable, and ultimately may be more significant in featuring a new cohort of actors, including Brandon Frazer, Chris O'Donnell, Matt Damon, and others.

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: School Ties has a leafy, genteel look that is somehow less than convincing, perhaps because the hairdos are too tidy and the resemblances to other prep-school stories too clear.

- Janet Maslin, New York Times, Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Audience Reviews

4 stars

The Sad thing is that there is still that hate against Jews going around. Outstanding peformance by Brendan Fraser

- ScoopOnline, Friday, December 11, 2009

3 stars

Watch this instead of Dead Poets Society, it?s not brilliant but it?s much better.

- SirPant, Tuesday, September 22, 2009

4 stars

One of Brendan Frazier's best

- sainttom93, Sunday, January 14, 2007