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(H, NA, LLL, S, NN, A, PC, RH) Humanist worldview with slight neo-pagan overtones--sexual freedom, political correctness, anti-conservatism, situationally-relevant morality, & afterlife of oneness with the planet; 19 obscenities, 9 profanities & several vulgarities; strongly implied promiscuity & fornication, & overall portrayal of sex as merely an activity without obligation or consequence; partial male nudity; alcohol use and abuse; political correctness--promotion of condoms, negative Dan Quayle jokes, the homeless portrayed as victims of evil big-business; and, slight revision of history--philosophy that the founding fathers knew they would make mistakes, knew times would change and designed the Constitution to change with the times and with the arrival of new ideas.
Four class of 1994 Harvard roommates, three male & one female, re-evaluate their values when a homeless man enters their previously comfortable lives in the Warner Brothers drama WITH HONORS. Sound PC? It is. Monty Kessler (Brendan Fraser), consumed with the importance of graduating with honors (get it?), has already written ten chapters of his thesis on government and seems guaranteed to graduate summa cum laude, that is until a computer hard-drive crash sends him into a major panic. Rushing to the all-night copy center (there is one at every major university) in the cold and snow, Monty trips and drops the only hard copy of his thesis through a sidewalk grate and into the boiler room of the campus library. Upon entering the basement Monty discovers his thesis has fallen into the hands of a homeless man named Simon (Joe Pesci) who only agrees to return it one page at a time, each in return for a favor. So, there we have the set-up.
Apart from the political correctness and liberal social views promoted heavily in the film, WITH HONORS could have been an encouraging story had it dwelt on several positive elements. However, foul language, casual promiscuity, condom promotion, swipes at Dan Quayle, and blaming big business for homelessness combine to leave WITH HONORS sorely lacking.