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With Honors (Snap Case) (1994)

Joe Pesci , Brendan Fraser , Alek Keshishian  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joe Pesci, Brendan Fraser, Moira Kelly, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Hamilton
  • Directors: Alek Keshishian
  • Writers: William Mastrosimone
  • Producers: Abe Milrad, Alan Rothenberg, Amy Robinson, G. Mac Brown, Jon Peters
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 1999
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790742055
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,359 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "With Honors (Snap Case)" on IMDb

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Armed with a copy of a harvard student's thesis, a homeless man makes the desperate student an offer: in exchange for food and a place to stay during the harsh winter, he will return the thesis one page at a time.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PESCI'S PHILOSOPHY March 27, 2005
WITH HONORS is a thoughtful and well done little "slice of life" with a moral we've all heard before: do what makes you happy and take time to live your life. Director Alex Keshishian and screenwriter William Mastrosimone, however, don't knock you over the head with its theme and/or morals. There are some scenes where you're expecting the probable to happen and they don't: e.g., after Simon cooks Gorky, the rooster, you expect his master to be furious---when Simon finally meets up with the son he abandoned, you expect some kind of tearful reunion----and you certainly think Monty is going to graduate with honors. The end results of these scenes, however, avoid the usual cliche. Joe Pesci is delightfully understated in his role, and although he never really becomes coochy coo loveable, you understand his pains and shortcomings; Brendan Fraser starts out pretty snooty and insufferable but as he matures in his relationship with both Pesci and Moira Kelly (who is delightful as Courtney), Fraser becomes a more sympathetic character; Patrick Dempsey adds some lightweight humor as Gorky's master, and Josh Hamilton eschews the usual pain in the butt role with a believable and touching change of heart.

The movie is definitely manipulative, but its heart is in the right place and its cast takes it seriously, so it ends up being a charming little film with a strong reaffirmation of the human spirit.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a different take on college characters November 12, 2000
By A Customer
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With Honors certainly has its problems. It's predictable and more than occasionally cheesy. But the cast make it well worth watching. They do their best with the lines they're given, and all of them actually act--facial expressions and physical cues and changes in tone of voice instead of just reciting the lines. Brendan Fraser's character visibly relaxes as the story progresses, and Joe Pesci's performance is simply great.
More to the point (for me, anyway), this is the only "college movie" I can recall seeing where the student protagonists are actually concerned both about academics and about attempting to grow as people, rather than being on a perpetual quest for spring break/girls/boys/beer/all of the above. Even better, the writer attempts to be serious about student worries instead of taking the easier route of mocking the nerds. When the script comes down off its soapbox, it's a fine ensemble show about the high cost of trying not to need other people. Beneath his defiant exterior, Simon (Joe Pesci) is haunted by the family he abandoned; Monty (Brendan Fraser) hides behind academic achievement because his grades can't walk out on him like his father did; Courtney (Moira Kelly) settles for an empty physical relationship with a good-looking jerk because her emotions are tied up in her efforts to reach out to Monty. Ultimately, I liked With Honors less because of the warm fuzzy moral point it was trying to make than because I liked the characters. Most unusually for any movie, I could relate to most of the characters. Cheers to the writer and especially the actors for making their characters real.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All around feel good movie! December 28, 2000
By A Customer
I have had this movie since it was released and just recently upgraded to a DVD version. It has a wonderful plot and great characters. This was before (sorta) Brendan Fraser got that horrible type cast as George of the Jungle and the like, and proves that he is a talented actor as well. Moira Kelly is also fantastic as the sexy coed obsessed with sex (I recommend The Cutting Edge for Moira fans). Definetly an A+ script with A+ actors. Funny, witty, sentimental and a feel good movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I shall not have lived in vain... September 25, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Before viewing With Honors for myself, I read the movie summary and thought that the plot sounded very cliche. However, I immediately became interested and felt a connection with Monty, the main character. Like Monty, who is writing his senior thesis, I often times use grades and school work to determine my happiness and measure my success. Sometimes I am lucky enough to have someone who opens my eyes to what is really important in life. Simon, a homeless, yet vivacious, man who discovers Monty's lost thesis, serves as this eye opener for Monty. With the help of Monty's roommates and Simon, he discovers that life is not about job titles or the amount of money you make or awards you recieve. This movie sends the poignant message that contentment and true happiness come from the simple, yet awe-inspring, moments of everyday life. We are reminded that our lives are enriched, and we are truly successful, if we help open the eyes of even one person and touch their life.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I watched this movie and, for the first time, something magical happened; I admired a homeless man. I think if any movie has the power to turn people's concept of what's trashy into something admirable or great, you have to watch it. This movie also gives that 80's impression, like such movies as "Breakfast Club" and "Pretty in Pink". But you can tell that it isn't quite like that decade, since there are not all these punk rock losers without talent that somehow become fashion statements and successful rock stars. This movie fits in with "Reality Bites", for example, because the movie people are beginning to integrate more class and knowledge into their movie. But once again, "With Honors" is a very good movie for the person that once to remember the 80's or early 90's. This movie has a tendency to leave you feeling good, so you can watch it over and over again. Not too intense. Very kick back. Last thing, the soundtrack has an interesting mix from jazz to rock to soft.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I've enjoyed watching this movie and I'm a major Brendan Fraser fan and a fan of Joe Pesci.
Published 14 days ago by Ruthie Liddy
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely love this movie
I absolutely love this movie! My only issue is that it didn't actually come with the keep case jacket I was expecting
Published 17 days ago by Willis
5.0 out of 5 stars I have always loved this movie since the first time I saw it
I have always loved this movie since the first time I saw it. There is a clear message here. Don't judge a book by it's cover.
Published 1 month ago by Risky
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie and great quality!
Published 1 month ago by Stacey Callahan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite all time movies! :)
Published 1 month ago by FreshGraceDaily
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Completely satisfied with product and service.
Published 1 month ago by Larry Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie. Don't just a book by its cover.
This movie is fantastic! One of Brendan Fraser's best performances. The movie is about a man who attends Harvard and is at the top of his class about to graduate with honors, until... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kyle F
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an old movie but one of the best that Joe Pesci and crew ever...
This is an old movie but one of the best that Joe Pesci and crew ever did. This is a classic and ..."don't you forget it!"
Published 2 months ago by Joseph R. Calamia
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful!
Joe Pesci is outstanding in the role of a Harvard "bum". I laughed and I cried through this one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by sherry
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost Modern Movie About Wealth
The story is about a Harvard college guy with no life experience and planted views about society and wealth who gets an "education' on the subject from a homeless man. Read more
Published 6 months ago by D. Hite
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