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20 June 2011

Watched The Graduate for the first time ever. My sympathizes are totally with Mrs. Robinson, that guy is a dick and your daughter is like 17 and dumb as a post.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 20 June | 19:30
My fave movie, probably.
posted by gaspode 20 June | 19:37
Never had my Mrs. Robinson, sadly. *sigh*

Maybe I wasn't whiny enough?
posted by Eideteker 20 June | 20:29
I remember my father trying to explain to me why the "plastic" scene was so powerful to the audience seeing it for the first time in a theater.
posted by Melismata 20 June | 20:29
First time sober and not part of a class.

I was so with the parents the whole way, it's probably telling.
posted by The Whelk 21 June | 00:03
The thing I remember most about that movie was how Dustin Hoffman never exactly looked or seemed young, you know? maybe I'd feel less so if I saw the movie now (now that I'm an old fart), but Hoffman always seemed sort of... middle aged, to me. I dunno.

Well, I also thought the song "Mrs. Robinson" contained some of Paul Simon's best lyrics.
posted by flapjax at midnite 21 June | 00:42
FWIW, personally I think his performance as Ratzo Rizzo in "Midnight Cowboy" was his pinnacle achievement.
posted by flapjax at midnite 21 June | 00:44
Melismata, can you explain the "plastics" scene? I'm too young to get it & have never seen a good explanation...
posted by knile 21 June | 02:00
Melismata, can you explain the "plastics" scene? I'm too young to get it & have never seen a good explanation...

There may be more to it than I'm aware, but I always thought it was simply the filmmaker's comment on how soulless, superficial and shallow the capitalist, materialist, money-driven world is, especially as seen through the eyes of the young graduate, who was presumably full of ideas and visions of making a somewhat more spiritually rewarding life for himself and (perhaps) others. That an older fellow would take a young man aside, at the moment of his official initiation into The World, and give him the sage advice of an elder, and that that advice would consist of one word, and that that one word would be "plastics", was the perfect illustration of the culturally bankrupt system the movie was lambasting and lamenting.
posted by flapjax at midnite 21 June | 04:14
FWIW, Anne Bancroft is only 6 years older than Dustin Hoffman.
posted by Thorzdad 21 June | 15:29
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