This film was shown at the Campus Theater on Tuesday, April 28 at 7pm and was free to Bucknell students. I was intrigued by the film’s title, which implied the movie would be incredibly relevant to me, and went with Aylin to the showing. However, what I experienced was far from what I expected.
(If you’d like to see it for yourself to determine why this was, I suggest reading no further)
The Graduate opens on Ben Braddock (played by Dustin Hoffman) who is distraught after having just graduated college with no plans for his future. Though hesitant at first, he eventually accepts an offer of a sexual affair from Mrs. Robinson, the dissatisfied wife of his father’s business partner. Ben spends his summer floating in his parents’ pool and having the affair until he is pushed to go out with the Robinsons’ daughter Elaine and he falls in love with her. Mrs. Robinson sabotages the relationship and when Elaine learns of the past affair she immediately heads back to college. Determined not to let Elaine get away, Ben follows her to school, stalks her and tells her he loves her. A confused Elaine gradually seems to fall for him again, but is soon taken away by her father, Mr. Robinson, who has learned of his wife’s affair with Ben. The Robinson’s arrange for Elaine to be married to a classmate, Carl. Ben frantically works to discover where the wedding is and drives to the church to stop it. He sprints in after the wedding comes to an end, but after screaming “Elaine” repeatedly, Elaine yells back “Ben!” and runs off with him. The duo has to fight off relatives and guests trying to prevent Elaine from leaving, but after a very comical scene the couple ultimately escapes onto a bus outside the church.
For any show or movie I have not seen, I pride myself on being able to accurately predict the course of events before any of my friends. This movie, however, gave little to no clues about which way it would turn. I found this quality unsettling and disorderly, but also comical. Aylin and I found many of the scenes to be hysterical, due to the absurdity of them. Most romantic comedies today have a pattern and elements of realism. The melodramatic, sudden actions and comments by the actors in this film were all incredibly, comically ridiculous in comparison. There are too many examples to name here, but while the movie may seem odd or confusing at first, it is definitely worth seen for its comical, melodramatic quality, outlandish storyline, and unique ending.
The trailer sums up the entire movie pretty well: