A film for all cougars saying it’s alright.
Dustin Hoffman (in his first major film role) turns in a landmark performance as a naïve college graduate who is seduced by a middle-aged neighbor (Anne Bancroft) but ends up falling in love with her beautiful, young daughter (Katharine Ross).
I have heard and seen many great things about this movie and how great it truly is, and to be honest I can’t quite say I will go against that but I won’t call it the greatest.
The film starts out as a great and wonderful comedy that is all about being awkward and very situational. The writing here is top-notch with a lot of funny little quirks to go along with a lot of ironic humor. But the best thing about the screenplay that it also speaks a lot about actually staying committed to one person for the rest of your life, which I found to be the most brutally honest aspect of the film.
I feel like the problem here is that the genration gap is the big problem. This film was back in the 60’s where everything was goody goody and of course this movie was hilarious back then. But now looking at it the satirical look at these characters doesn’t quite hold up since it does seem a bit dated now in the 21st century. Also, the score from Simon & Garfunkel had its moment, but the same song was played about 4 times in this movie and I found it to be a bit annoying to say the least.
Director Mike Nichols does give out a great job here at the directing chair and shows that he knows how to direct. The way he positions the camera in some scenes, it was very different at the time and can still be viewed as different nowadays but the way he uses these camera angles to convey a sort of emotion works so well. The way the film changes at the end with the drama and sort of romantic comedy way did push me back a little bit but not too much to where I was totally appalled.
Hoffman is very good here in his first big role. He plays this character Ben with such awkwardness, that you can’t really at all hate this character cause he is just way too nerdy but at the same time funny. In my opinion I found Anne Bancroft to be actually very better-looking than her daughter and she plays this role with such sexiness and deviously, that she is probably one of the better female performances I have seen in awhile.
Consensus: The Graduate doesn’t quite hold up today as it did back then, but still has gret writing, inspired direction, and wonderful performances from Hoffman and Bancroft.