2018 Film Challenge: 20. The Graduate

Another film I acquired in the Jamie Belongings Cull of 2016. It was one of a vast number of well-known and ‘how have you not seen that?’ films that I hadn’t seen. It’s quite weird to watch a film that’s so well ingrained in popular culture that you’re already familiar with numerous parodies of it. It makes it difficult to take it seriously, though it’s also a less serious film than I’d expected anyway. I was slightly bemused by it, but I enjoyed it. Here are the thoughts I had whilst watching:

  • I quite like a bit of Simon & Garfunkel
  • Agh! Why would you have a picture of a clown up in your house? Is this The Bad Place?
  • Home bar goals
  • I wasn’t expecting the famous seduction line to be so early on in the film
  • He looks a lot older than 20
  • Poor guy – I can understand why he’s concerned about his future
  • He actually had a toothbrush?
  • This is funnier than I’d expected
  • That’s quite the first date
  • Dude, seriously?
  • Why would you tell your parents that?
  • Scarborough Fair always reminds me of the Story Teller Songbook I had as a child. I loved that tape.
  • Stalkery much?
  • It’s another film with monkeys in!
  • Don’t marry either of them Elaine, you can do better
  • Dressing table mirror goals. I kinda want the Robinsons’ house.
  • It’s weird watching such a famous scene when you’ve previously only seen it in parodies. It’ll always be a Wayne’s World scene to me. Though I’m now impressed by just how well it’s replicated in Wayne’s World.
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One Response to 2018 Film Challenge: 20. The Graduate

  1. Crashing Elliptical says:

    Despite it being an incredibly famous film, I’d never actually seen The Graduate (or read the novel on which it was based) before. I’d bought the 50th anniversary edition blu-ray last week, but had never gotten around to watching it, so I rectified that today.

    I completely agree with you that it’s very odd to watch something that you’ve seen parodied so often, and that is so ingrained in popular culture, but I tried to put all of that out of my head and watch it without any pre-conceptions.

    Anyway, as it turned out, I really, really liked it! I thought Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross were all great,and I liked how the tone shifted in the second half of the film. I find it interesting that you mentioned how the film was less serious than you were expecting, I think I found it more serious than I was expecting if anything. I was anticipating quite a lighthearted rom-com, but towards the end I thought it got quite, not dark exactly, but it definitely took on a more serious edge.

    I’ve always really enjoyed the music of Simon & Garfunkel, so very much liked the repeated use of their work here. The only thing I thought that was a bit dodgy was the ages of the cast. Apparently Anne Bancroft was only six years older than Dustin Hoffman (who was definitely a stretch playing a 20/21 year!), and the guy who played Benjamin’s dad was only 10 years older than Hoffman, but that’s only really a minor gripe.

    So, yes, overall, very much enjoyed this one.

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