Pumpkin Person rating: 7/10

Earlier this week I watched the 1992 film School Ties starring Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris O’Donnell, Cole Hauser, Randall Batinkoff, Andrew Lowery and Anthony Rapp.  The film is about an extremely prestigious Ivy League prep school that is so desperate to win a football game, that they break nearly two centuries of tradition and allow a Jewish student to attend because he’s an excellent athlete.  The Jewish student, David Greene, played by Brendan Frasier,  conceals his Jewish identity from his classmates, who hero-worship him for winning football games against rival schools, but when his secret is revealed, he goes from being the most popular guy on campus to an utter pariah, overnight, getting dumped by his beautiful blonde blue-eyed Gentile girlfriend who is suddenly too repulsed to kiss him.

Ironically, one of his biggest tormenters is some scrawny nerdy kid with glasses played by Anthony Rapp who looks like a teenaged Bill Gates.  The nerd taunts Greene by pretending to sneeze, but instead of saying “hachoo” when he sneezes, he says “a Jew”.   It was a bit unrealistic that a nerd would be the most anti-Semetic character in the film since anti-Semitism requires the kind of disgusting cynicism that naïve, borderline autistic nerds tend to lack.   The film shows the despicable levels of anti-Semitism that existed in the 1950s before Jews used their high verbal IQs to transform the culture by dominating the media and academia.

The most annoying scene in the film was when the student played by Matt Damon says “good schools, good grades, connections…these are the keys to the kingdom.  None of us makes it on our wits.”  Even in a film made way back in 1992, we see this annoying idea that success in life is entirely predetermined by college, and that real-world intelligent behavior is irrelevant.