“The Graduate” A Coming of Age Movie, Like No Other!

By | January 18, 2018

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American actor Dustin Hoffman looks down at the leg of actor Anne Bancroft, as Mrs. Robinson, in a still from director Mike Nichols's film, 'The Graduate.' (Photo by Embassy Pictures/Getty Images)

When Benjamin Braddock graduated from college, he knew he was no longer a boy, but he had no way of knowing what was about to happen that eventful summer. The Graduate is a romantic comedy and drama film starring Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock, a young college graduate, and Anne Bancroft as the scandalous and beautiful Mrs. Robinson.

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Benjamin, although he had graduated, was still floundering as to what to do with the rest of his life. All eyes were on him as the guest of honor of his graduation party and of course, everyone wanted to know what his plans for the future were; a sore subject with Benjamin to say the very least. He was all but expected to go to graduate school and possibly follow in his father’s footsteps. His father was a successful attorney and wanted his son to make a name for himself.

The party was awkward for Benjamin. The last thing he wanted to do was to have to explain his decisions; or rather, lack thereof. To compound his anxiety, Benjamin found himself in the uncomfortable position of driving home, Mrs. Robinson, the intoxicated wife of his father’s law partner.

Mrs. Robinson felt alone in her marriage. She felt neglected by her husband and drank to drown her grief. On this particular evening, she insisted that Benjamin drive her home because she had overindulged at the party. Once alone with him, Mrs. Robinson shamelessly seduced Benjamin which started a whole sequence of events that would change his life forever.