The Graduate (1967): Directed by Mike Nichols. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton and Elizabeth Wilson.
“Recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock is trapped into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, who happens to be the wife of his father’s business partner and then finds himself falling in love with her daughter, Elaine.”
This has got to be the most awkward and embarrassing movie I have ever seen. Not because the movie was embarrassing but because it made me feel embarrassed. I had a discussion about this with a friend of mine. The purpose of this movie is to make you react in some kind of way… to see if you think this is bizarre or if you are totally cool with it. It certainly made me shake my head a few times and even cover my eyes for a bit, haha. I truly felt embarrassed for this young kid - who’s actually even younger than I am!!
We spoke about how it should be acceptable for older woman to date younger guys when older men do exactly the same with younger girls. However, in my world I just think it is bizarre - especially older women dating younger guys. I think it might have something to do with the fact that girls have a quicker development than boys do. Usually, girls prefer older, more experienced guys. Anyway, you see my point, right?
However, the young Dustin Hoffman is just hilarious! That poor guy gets exposed to all sorts of things, and everyone expects way too much of him. I like to watch older movies from time to time, and The Graduate is one of the more entertaining ones I’ve seen in a while. It has the power to shake you a up a bit, haha. It’s great.