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With Honors (1994)




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

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In this politically correct drama an arrogant college student is humbled by a bum. Monty is a cynical, conservative student at Harvard. One day Monty accidently drops his only copy of his 100 page thesis. The work is caught by Simon, a bum who lives under the college library. Monty, desperately needing his thesis, demands that Simon return it. Simon, offended by the young man tells him where to go, but then sees a golden opportunity and makes a deal with Simon. He will return one page of the thesis in exchange for each favor Monty does for Simon. Monty reluctantly agrees and learns valuable lessons about life and himself.

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Joe Pesci
as Simon
Moira Kelly
as Courtney
Gore Vidal
as Pitkannan
Deborah Lake Fortson
as Homeless Woman
Marshall Hambro
as Security Guard
Harve Kolzow
as Harvard Cop
Caroline Gibson
as Donation Student
Lance Norris
as Red Sox Fan
M. Lynda Robinson
as 1st Newspaper Purchaser
Richard Auguste
as 2nd Newspaper Puchaser
Mary Seibel
as Social Security Clerk
Mara Brock Akil
as Ms. Moore
Clebert Ford
as Homeless Man
William Ashby King
as Church Custodian
Frank J. Tieri
as 2nd Homeless Man
Shanesia Davis
as Doctor Kay
Sunshine H. Hernandez
as Marilyn Monroe
Monica Rochman
as Sophomore
Kurt Clauss
as The Face
Holly Wenz-Nolan
as Frank's Daughter
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Critic Reviews for With Honors

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4)

Did it occur to the filmmakers to introduce one or even two new ideas into this material?

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

April 10, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

May 23, 2012 | Rating: .5/4 | Full Review…

A politically correct, vastly sentimental and ultimately insincere saga of the friendship between a kind homeless man, played by Joe Pesci, and a guilt-ridden Harvard student, played byBrendan Frazer.

April 21, 2009 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Obviously inspired by the success of Scent of a Woman, this one could have been called Scent of a Bum.

October 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Do you amuse me, Joe Pesci? No, you do not.

July 5, 2004

Audience Reviews for With Honors

A simplistic movie - a homeless bum teaches Harvard students what is important in life, but everything is too easy in this movie.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer


A great drama, I saw this for a class, which usually makes you dislike a movie, but this one was fantastic. The story is based on a real story, and the actors are good, and it's just so cool. If you like dramas, you have to see it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


I liked this one. The cast was really good and it gave Pesci a chance to shine while not being a goofball or a gangster. The rest of the cast was really good and the story moved along really well.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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