Parents' Guide to

School Ties

By Randy White, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Stirring teen movie has adult themes, antisemitic bullying.

Movie PG-13 1992 101 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 14+

Racial slurs and more cursing than implied by review

This movie includes racial slurs towards Jews and racist jokes. One guy says that the protagonist must be “part- nword”
age 13+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (3 ):

This stirring movie has an important message about freedom of religion and fitting in, with bigotry exposed as a result of ignorance and cowardice. Fraser leads School Ties' superb cast, which also includes Damon, Chris O'Donnell, and Ben Affleck. If the movie has a weakness, it's in the recycling of some of the story elements. The movie feels similar to other prep school dramas from the same era (such as Dead Poets Society), in which the worldview of sheltered schoolboys is challenged. But to its credit, it's not a simple good vs. evil story. Characters are complex and nuanced, and the film tries to balance the antisemitic tag slapped on the prep school boys with an understanding of the tremendous pressure placed on them to become carbon copies of their parents. Although it may sympathize, the movie never excuses the boys' racist behavior.

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