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The Graduate

(DVD - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Graduate
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Uncertain of what he wants to do with his life, college graduate Benjamin Braddock returns home. And when the wife of his father's business partner, the sexy Mrs. Robinson, seduces him, the affair only deepens his confusion. That is, until he meets the girl of his dreams. But there's one problem--she's Mrs. Robinson's daughter.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : MGM DVD : Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2007]
Edition: 40th anniversary ed
Branch Call Number: DVD GRADUAT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 sound disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)

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Dec 05, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mike Nichols’ coming-of-age comedy not only launched the careers of fresh-faced Dustin Hoffman and Katherine Ross, it also helped to define a generation of baby boomers. Following a successful stint at college, twenty-year old Ben Braddock returns home to his parent’s upper middle-class lifestyle in suburban Los Angeles without any goals or ambitions yet still “worried” about his future. Unable to communicate these mixed feelings to his proud parents and their bourgeois friends Ben tries to feign delight in the pointless chatter and trivial games around him until a chance encounter, and subsequent affair, with the sexually aggressive wife of his father’s business partner jars him out of his complacency and sets his life in an unexpected direction. At first his dalliances with the older Mrs. Robinson give Ben a newfound sense of confidence—if no real purpose—but as their clandestine trysts become increasingly predictable, Ben’s attempts at getting to know the person behind the unflappable facade slowly reveal a worn and world-weary woman who regards him as little more than an inferior plaything. Then he commits an unforgivable transgression—he falls in love with the Robinson’s daughter, Elaine—and when her mother’s claws finally come out they not only serve to highlight the social gulf between her and Ben but the ever widening generation gap of an entire country. A masterpiece of deadpan humour laced with irony and wit which speaks volumes on the mindset of its protagonist without the usual bombastic sermons. Numerous encounters with adults only serve to heighten Ben’s confusion while images of pools and aquarium-bound fish (and that famous alfa romeo) serve up ambivalent metaphors as he finds himself torn between the expectations of his WASP parents and his own innate desire to be something different. It’s no coincidence then that his bedroom sports a dart board while a painting of a sad clown hangs over the staircase—nor is it happenstance that his odyssey should begin in the conservative burbs of southern California but end in radical Berkeley. Aside from its award-winning script and timeless score of Simon & Garfunkel ballads however, the enduring success of Nichols’ film ultimately rests on the sheer star power of his cast especially the pairing of Hoffman’s hesitantly monotone naif and Ann Bancroft’s predatory cougar. He has also given cinema two of its most iconic scenes: the surreal hotel seduction between Ben and Mrs. Robinson, and Ben’s crashing of Elaine’s wedding in a desperate attempt to prevent her from marrying the privileged suitor of her parents’ choosing. Certainly dated, but an American classic nevertheless.

Nov 21, 2014
  • petercorell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mike Nichols passed away a few days ago. He directed to some fine movies and one of them was "The Graduate". A coming of age story of a young man played perfectly by Dustin Hoffman. As the description says to the movie Dustin Hoffman portrays "A recent college graduate from an affluent family is seduced by the wife of his father's business partner, then subsequently falls in love with her daughter. This is a romantic comedy of the highest order. It made a star out of Dustin Hoffman. Thanks Mike for making such thoughtful movies!

May 13, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Way back in the "60s" when I went to a Friday Night showing of "The Graduate" the entire audience got out of the chairs and applauded the movie. We all walked out with smiles, because we really liked the movies ending. The movie is timelesss because Dustin Hoffman is dealing with maturing as a young man. I have taken this movie home many times since it has come out on DVD, and it never lets me down. This is one Great Movie!

Apr 05, 2013
  • dgr rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It's amazing how classic movies like this deal with issues that don't go away and grow with you as you get older. Mrs. Robinson isn't just a modern women dealing with the dissatisfaction of an overly-intelligent housewife in a post-feminist world, she may also be one of the first on-screen examples of a woman who falsely accuses a man of rape. This is not the first time I've seen this film but it is the first time I consciously noticed that Mrs. Robinson tells Elaine that Ben raped her when that couldn't be further from the truth. The naive Elaine initially believes her mother since she "knows" that parents don't cheat and they certainly don't lie, especially mothers! The commentaries for this films are interesting, especially Dustin Hoffman's as he humorously discusses dealing with body parts, co-stars and Hollywood from the perspective of a less-than-typical leading man during a strange period of transition in Hollywood and America. A classic film and as relevant as ever as it deals with alienation and history repeating itself.

Oct 16, 2012
  • AmandaCRamos rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A good movie but if you think about it... this situation is messed up. lol

May 23, 2012
  • btmslt rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A fun and entertaining film.

Apr 28, 2012
  • tj_is_cool rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Entertaining movie but the ending was not believable.

Mar 20, 2012
  • phyllis49 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Encore

Feb 25, 2012
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great movie. Great performance by Anne Bancroft a must see for all.

Sep 06, 2011
  • haploU5 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This 1960’s movie, though dated, still provides great entertainment value. Starring a young Dustin Hoffman, as a straight, naïve boy, who nervously starts an affair with a worldly older woman makes for many funny situations. As he gains confidence and becomes more assertive, he meets his lover’s daughter and hopelessly falls for her, much to her mother's alarm and dismay. Set to Simon and Garfunkel music, this film is still very much worth watching.

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Nov 21, 2014
  • mswrite rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I am not trying to seduce you."

"Would you like me to seduce you? Is that what you're trying to tell me?"

Apr 19, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Benjamin: It's like I was playing some kind of game, but the rules don't make any sense to me. They're being made up by all the wrong people. I mean no one makes them up. They seem to make themselves up.

Apr 19, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Benjamin: Mrs. Robinson, I can't do this anymore.
Mrs. Robinson: You what?
Benjamin: This is all terribly wrong.
Mrs. Robinson: Do you find me undesirable?
Benjamin: Oh no, Mrs. Robinson. I think, I think you're the most attractive of all my parents' friends. I mean that.

Apr 19, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Benjamin: Listen to me. What happened between Mrs. Robinson and me was nothing. It didn't mean anything. We might just as well have been shaking hands.
Mr. Robinson: Shaking hands? Well, that's not saying much for my wife, is it?

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May 10, 2014
  • ElainaL rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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Mar 11, 2014
  • spiritus rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Apr 19, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Apr 25, 2014
  • spiritus rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A young male college graduate has no idea what he wants to do now that he finished school. Along comes Mrs. Robinson, a mature, unhappy "cougar". She seduces Benjamin, who later falls in love with her daughter. Excellent movie regarding the beginning of the sexual revolution.

Apr 19, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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 teenage daughter, Elaine.

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Apr 19, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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