Frank is a retired Lt. Col. in the US army. He's blind and impossible to get along with. Charlie, a prep school student needing money, agrees to 'babysit' Frank, but the job is not at all what he anticipated.
The guiding principle of Al Pacino's flamboyant performance (for which he finally received the Oscar) is that of revelation: Every scene discloses another facet of his mysterious, multi-shaded character.
By the end of Scent of a Woman, we have arrived at the usual conclusion of the coming-of-age movie, and the usual conclusion of the prep school movie. But rarely have we been taken there with so much intelligence and skill.