The Graduate: 5 Ways It’s Still Relevant Today (& 5 Ways It Isn’t)

The Graduate: 5 Ways It’s Still Relevant Today (& 5 Ways It Isn’t)
This 1967 Oscar-winning film by legendary director Mike Nichols is about a love triangle: an anxious college grad, his mature lover, and her co-ed daughter. Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) returns to his parents' SoCal home where they expect great things. At his homecoming party, he and a longtime family friend, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft aka Mrs. Mel Brooks) begin an ongoing affair that eventually fizzles out.

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When her daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross) visits, Ben is coerced into taking her on a date that begins as the worst ever and ends with the two actually liking each other, which her mother tries to deter. It sounds like a time-honored trope, and true, some things are still relatable, but others are not just dated, but ridiculous.
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