After almost two decades of hard work and studying, the average graduate would come home, relax, and put all of their worries aside. This isn’t the case for Benjamin Braddock. From being a loner, to having an affair with a married woman, then to stalking young college girls, the young man doesn’t plan on ‘relaxing’ anytime soon.
After Braddock graduates from college and returns back to his upper-middles class home in the suburbs of California, he soon becomes disinterested in everything. Having been studious and very busy for such a long time, the kid needed rest. There was nothing that anybody could say or do to spark any interest in this newly graduated young man. “His family and their social circle demand that he perform in the role of Successful Young Upward-Venturing Clean-Cut All-American College Grad. At the end of two weeks Benjamin is driven to such a pitch of desperation that he demonstrates a new scuba outfit (birthday present from proud dad) by standing on the bottom of the family pool: Alone at last.”(Roger Ebert Review)That is, until a longtime family friend of his parents, Mrs. Robinson, urges him with an offer of casual sex “under the table.” Although this sneaky woman is married with children, this affair seems to bring Benjamin to a certain level of contentment. This unspoken relationship soon develops problems when the young man begins to develop feelings for the Robinson’s daughter, Elaine. Even after becoming banned from seeing Elaine or having any associations with her, Benjamin does everything in his power to save the only important thing left to him.
As far as the visual aspects go, the movie was very engaging. Even though there was far less technology back then, the producers do a very fine job. I’d have to say that some of my favorite scenes are the underwater ones. The movie does a good job of putting the viewers in the actor’s shoes. It allows for a very realistic effect and brings life to the movie experience. Although the visual aspects were very strong, the movie had one hell of a plot. The movie kept me on my toes all the way to the end. The Graduate, directed by Mike Nichols, is a classic, must see. Almost anyone can find humor is this fantastic movie.