Here’s to you Mrs. Robinson

The Graduate was way ahead of its time. It’s all about a college graduate named Benjamin who has a tumultuous affair with his much older neighbor Mrs. Robinson. This was back before “cougar” was a common term to describe an older woman pursuing a younger man. I can relate to Ben, because I too am still trying to figure my life out. He receives advice (“one word, plastics”), but nobody listens to him except for Mrs. Robinson. True, most people only remember The Graduate for its famous quote “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me” and its accompanying screenshot between Mrs. Robinson’s leg, but the movie has a whole lot more to offer than just that one scene. It’s actually quite revolutionary. Ben’s relationship with Mrs. Robinson eventually develops into a relationship with her daughter Elaine. Which leads to another famous scene involving a wedding that ends with that final shot on the bus. The Graduate was one of the first movies to have a single musical act score their movie. In this case, Simon & Garfunkel. Who gave us songs like “The Sound of Silence” and “Mrs. Robinson.” The Graduate is filled with subtle humor and an amazing filmmaking style. This was also the first of many Dustin Hoffman lead roles I saw that made me realize how great he was as an actor. The morals are kind of loose and the ending will definitely make you think, but The Graduate is still a classic that makes it all work.

“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me”

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