Movie Monday: The Graduate 1967
Benjamin Braddock has finally graduated college, but has no idea what to do. He has grown tired of being pushed and prodded along through life, but there doesn't seem to be anything for him to really do. Until a family friend decides to make him her own little pet project. You guessed it: enter Mrs. Robinson. The famed seductress. One of the original cougars. The reason for the song. click play to listen
Benjamin decides to just lay low for a while. Still incredibly unhappy, he gets lost in an empty affair with Mrs. Robinson and whittles away an entire Summer with no thought as to what his future might hold. But then Mrs. Robinson's daughter, Elaine, returns home from school and after much pressure from his concerned parents, Benjamin reluctantly agrees to ask her out on a date.
Sure enough, Benjamin and Elaine hit it off, and her mother is absolutely furious. So furious that she is willing to ruin both of their lives by revealing the secret. But what is Benjamin to do? He is finally in love, and finally knows what he wants.
Some might be surprised that The Graduate is such a heralded movie, seeing as how it's often portrayed as merely a movie with a great soundtrack and a twisted love triangle. The Graduate is really a much deeper story about a young man who is struggling for control over his life, not knowing what he wants, but knowing full well what he does not want- the life that has been made for him. As a fellow contemplative 20-something, I find Benjamin's character highly relatable. He has wandered around aimlessly until he found something, or someone, worth chasing. And boy does runs hard after her.