The Grad­u­ate

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - THEATRE -

Cert: Club. Now show­ing Re­mas­tered for its 50th an­niver­sary, here is a great chance to see Mike Ni­chols’s iconic com­edy on the big screen — and it has real magic that stands the test of time.

Ben­jamin Brad­dock (Dustin Hoff­man) ar­rives home in 1960s south­ern Cal­i­for­nia af­ter grad­u­a­tion. His par­ents (Wil­liam Daniels and El­iz­a­beth Wil­son) throw a party for their friends — but Ben­jamin is wor­ried about his fu­ture.

Bored neigh­bour Mrs Robin­son (Anne Ban­croft) makes him drive her home where she tells him she is avail­able to him — and it’s a sign of the times that a wo­man com­ing onto a young man like that is com­edy. An ini­tially shocked Ben­jamin takes a few days to change his mind. But sum­mer gets com­pli­cated with the ar­rival of Mrs Robin­son’s daugh­ter Elaine (Katharine Ross).

Al­though it is very much of its time, it re­mains rel­e­vant to­day, none of the char­ac­ters, bar the some­what gorm­less Elaine, are nice — but the cast is fab­u­lous and it is re­ally funny. If you have never seen it, go; if you have, go again.

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