The Graduate (1967)

MPW-17678

A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter. (IMDb)

A few uncomfortably stiff scenes (the initial seduction comes out of nowhere, and lacks authentic sensuality) and some puzzlingly unfounded plot points (see Benjamin’s sudden love for Elaine–saved only by the uncertain ending) are mostly overshadowed by the film’s unique blend of dry, awkward comedy (see the hotel lobby scenes), sexual drama, and melancholy coming-of-age fare, and its daringly creative cinematography (see the brilliant diving/hotel room montage and the classroom time lapse).

7.3/10

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