The Graduate (1967)

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A disillusioned college graduate, Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) finds himself caught in a love triangle between his older lover, Mrs Robinson (Anne Bancroft) and her daughter Elaine (Katherine Ross).

This is one of those films which has gone down in film history for its timelessness as a film. It is also one of those films which I recall studying at university.

I think if a film is supposed to be a classic, it should still be looked at fairly and not held up to high esteem just because of its supposed classic nature. It’s themes of personal and social alienation and the constrictions of suburbia are dealt with well. I suppose that is what sold the film as one of generational angst and parental alienation.

Dustin Hoffman was good in his role, being good yet understated as Benjamin Braddock. The Simon and Garfunkel music was also the film’s biggest asset, as well as the creative camera work. However for as long as I can remember, my knowledge of the film comes from the famous Mrs Robinson seduction scene. After that, the film just seems to run out of steam.

While it also uses the cliché of the wedding crashing that seems to be a mainstay in most romantic comedies these days, the ending of the film with its self realized alienation and awareness of the familiar cycle being repeated is good from a societal point of view however I don’t think audiences would take the film as seriously if it were made these days.

MY RATING: **.5 / *****

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