Once again, Hollywood loved it when Fraser played a student, and no movie shows this better than the ’90s-heartthrob-filled “School Ties.” The movie centers around David Greene (Fraser), a promising high school football player who is awarded a scholarship to a prestigious prep school. Yet, when Greene’s fellow students realize that he’s Jewish, friendships, classroom dynamics, and everything in between are tested, forcing David to stand up to a culture that has been against him from the start.
Remembered for its young and promising cast, Fraser still stands out among future Hollywood heavy hitters like Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, as well as eventual Broadway star Anthony Rapp. Though all of his talented co-stars have memorable moments, Fraser brings a sensitive, humble, and vulnerable side to David, exhibiting that there’s more to the actor than good looks. During the movie’s more intense sequences, Fraser proves that he can show raw emotion without becoming overdramatic. It’s a talent that few actors possess, but in “School Ties,” Fraser shows that he had that ability from the get-go.