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Re-Watching “The Graduate”

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Untitled_Clipping_072115_120910_AMWhen I was younger, I thought “The Graduate” Dustin Hoffman looked too old to be just graduating from college. He was 30. The “Cougar” Mrs. Robinson was only 37. Hardly robbing the cradle.

It’s surprising how time can change your perspective on a movie.

Post a comment below and tell us a movie that you’ve re-watched with a new set of maturer eyes.

You can watch “The Graduate” in it’s entirety below. Or, just check out the trailer below.

Here’s a re-look at The Graduate from purpleclover.com…

Via PurpleClover.com – For decades now, my standard answer to “What’s your favorite movie?” has been “The Graduate.” Like most people, I have dozens of movies I love in dozens of different ways, but the Oscar-winning Mike Nichols comedy classic always rises to the top of my list. It has one of the best soundtracks of all time, beautifully framed shots that are as iconic to the ’60s as a Warhol print, and a devastatingly sly sense of humor (“Ben, this whole idea sounds pretty half-baked,” “No, its not; it’s completely baked”).

I realized that it had been several years since I watched the movie in its entirety. It was time to visit my old friend Benjamin Braddock again.

When I first watched Dustin Hoffman mope through his affair with Anne Bancroft, I was 14 or 15. Back then, Ben was about the coolest guy in the world, so over the suburban phoniness and shallow values of his parents’ generation. Like his literary twin Holden Caulfield, Ben was deep and brooding, and therefore a heartthrob and hero to my teenage eye. After all, just like Ben, I was adrift in a suburban world of barbecues and swimming pools, where no one appreciated my sensitive, artistic soul. That crazy Mrs. Robinson, on the other hand, was ancient, predatory and purely evil.

So watching the movie now, with kids of my own and a few more decades of life experience under my belt, I found myself in the curious position of being annoyed and agitated with Ben’s entitled whininess, and feeling sympathy toward Mrs. Robinson. Did she seduce Benjamin? Well, sure, but it was really more like she offered him an option. If you recall, it was Ben who really put the affair in motion by ringing her up from the Taft Hotel one lonely night. Mrs. Robinson is nothing if not a pragmatist. She recognizes another lonely, disillusioned soul, and gives them both a chance to find some solace (or sex) in their empty lives.

Do I still love “The Graduate”? Of course. When a movie can look so completely different yet just as brilliant and insightful each time you watch it, it truly is a masterpiece. It is, I like to think, completely baked.

Watch The Graduate” original trailer here…

You can watch The Graduate in it’s entirety here…


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