2021 Blind Spot Series: The Graduate
What I knew going in: The basic premise, and classic clips I've seen over the years.
Ben (Dustin Hoffman) is home from college and disillusioned with life in general. His parents (William Daniels and Elizabeth Wilson) are obnoxious and prodding. Once night at a party, long time family friend Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) seduces Ben. At first he refuses then goes along with it. He also becomes smitten with Mrs. Robinson's daughter, Elaine. (Katharine Ross)
I've had several chances to watch this film over the years and I've just never felt compelled to. I knew the "Mrs. Robinson trope" without having to watch this, but then I started getting more into Anne Bancroft's work, so I finally bit the bullet.
This film is at its best when Anne is on screen. When she isn't, it's not that its bad, but it's sort of uninteresting. Ben and Mrs. Robinson have the best dynamic on screen, and when Elaine comes around, I struggled with understanding why they are eventually drawn to each other after their disastrous first date. They just didn't have the chemistry.
Another thing I noticed, it's not really a criticism but something that stuck out as I was wishing Mrs. Robinson would come back. This movie LOVES a musical montage. I swear all of them combined have to equal like 20 minutes of this runtime. Maybe it stuck out more because they were using popular songs, but it was very noticable.
Over all, I liked this. Hoffman, Bancroft, and Ross all gave great performances and even though I found it uneven at times, the lower end of that scale was never "bad."
Memorable Quote: "It's very comfortable just to drift here." - Ben (Dustin Hoffman)