The Graduate – Exploring The Generation Gap October 27, 2019 62 By Stanley Isaacs CategoryArticles BlogTagsanalysis film film analysis Movie review The Graduate The Graduate Analysis The Graduate Explained The Graduate video essay video essay 62 Comments Vicente Massey says: July 8, 2017 at 2:39 pm Hold up you're only 20 Reply M. HLC says: July 8, 2017 at 2:39 pm my favourite film of all time. Reply Mr Nerdista says: July 8, 2017 at 2:42 pm This was awesome, Jack. I love the analysis of the generation gap. It's interesting because very few films since THE GRADUATE have explored the melancholy and oddities of the gap quite like Nichols' film. Reply Fer Dumas says: July 8, 2017 at 2:47 pm You're 20? WTF?!!! Reply Krombopulos Michael says: July 8, 2017 at 2:48 pm You're only 20? Damn son, you don't sound that young. I can't believe I'm older than you. Reply 00HoODBoy says: July 8, 2017 at 2:52 pm tbh, i havent watched the film completely and in one go, but the things you said about his character kinda ticked some boxes in my head. nice one, also i feel the same way about roger ebert, some of his reviews are just spot on in many ways Reply truefilm says: July 8, 2017 at 2:52 pm Did anyone notice that Benjamin's mother has almost the exact same hairdo and color as Mrs. Robinson and even almost looks like her in a few shots? Great mirroring – and I think there is much more of that in this movie. Always thought of the very last seconds of the last shot before the bus drives off Spoilers ahead: …that heir blank stare is just a "falling into a reality check" (as in: "Yeah, we finally made it, but now what?"). As you pointed out: this relationship very likely leads to marriage and the exact same life as their parents. Great call!!!Awesome and very insightful analysis as always! Reply Adam Donnelly says: July 8, 2017 at 3:01 pm you're only 20?!? you've got a great analytical mind when it comes to film, man. bravo. Reply Hidden Planet Productions says: July 8, 2017 at 3:18 pm 1:28 ?? did you breath into the mic? Reply Juliandav0908 says: July 8, 2017 at 3:31 pm Man, congratulations for this video, you're amazing, i wanted to ask you to make a video about Schimdler's list, please!! Reply John Saidi says: July 8, 2017 at 4:00 pm Anorher sweet video Jack, kinda pissed because I'm 19 and am not anywhere near that grasp in film you have. I know this had nothing to do with your video, but The Graduate probably has my favorite last shot of all time. So much is said with so little. Reply Marsmoset says: July 8, 2017 at 4:33 pm can someone tell me what song plays in the backround, at 1:15 for example Reply Jason Cromwell says: July 8, 2017 at 5:01 pm I will go even deeper with your analysis. Your maturity level and enjoyment of the film depends on how you feel about the last famous last scene of the movie. The rest of the movie is a pretty straightforward piece about the alienation you feel when you are younger and the ways you try to make connections with the world around you.. The last scene is truly what makes the movie a Classic. Reply TheSparrow002 says: July 8, 2017 at 5:43 pm 😀 Reply Johnnie Carr-Murphy says: July 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm one word: plastics Reply King Wizard ♔ says: July 8, 2017 at 8:37 pm I thought you were in your 30s my guy. Great analysis as always! Reply SukkaPunch321 says: July 8, 2017 at 11:38 pm I watched this for the first time when I was 24. I felt so much like Dustin Hoffman's character. I had no idea what to do with my life and I was pretty lost. Have to disagree with Roger Ebert. I don't think this film's greatness expands beyond a depiction of the generation gap in the 60s, but instead, is most applicable to where you are in your life. If you're a 24 year old graduate with no concept of what to do with your life, this movie is amazing. I'd be interested in rewatching this later in life. Reply Brian Collins says: July 9, 2017 at 12:27 am Christ, you're a year younger than me? What have I done with my life. O_o Although I guess we're both reaching that age where the film's message becomes more and more scarily true. Reply Bissy says: July 9, 2017 at 8:29 am Dude wow your 20, a year old than me that's amazing. I love your analysis on films mate, you have a great way of thinking and analysis things in film that I can't even consider at times. Keep it up. Reply Patrick Howell says: July 9, 2017 at 12:47 pm Great insights, my friend and I are actually about to kick off a review series, and this is the first movie we're doing. I'm 20 as well, and it's great to see so many people my age appreciating movies from this generation. Reply dutchmountainsnake says: July 9, 2017 at 1:47 pm sweet vid bruh Reply ATL Knowledge says: July 9, 2017 at 4:32 pm I want to recommend you a film that I watch previously called Mississippi burning with Gene Hackman, in my opinion I feel like it's an unique and amazing film about segregation than other movies Reply Diabetic Gamer says: July 10, 2017 at 8:08 am I saw Roger Ebert's ghost in my swimming pool once, don't tell anyone though. Reply Alexander Flamson says: July 10, 2017 at 5:13 pm Excellent movie. 10/10 Reply Jared Kunish says: July 12, 2017 at 4:30 am this is easily one of my favorite movies of all time. just rewatched it for the third time today, and upon each viewing i love it more and more. maybe when i watch it after i graduate college i'll like it even more. the best part of this film is how the end is just like Ben graduating. it's exciting and then it turns into a big "what now." probably my favorite ending in all of movie history. the actors faces tell you so much Reply Rafaela Silva says: July 12, 2017 at 5:31 pm hey! did you watch Lars and the Real Girl? A dissection about it woul be really nice! thanks, i love yours videos so muchh Reply Tim Ashby says: July 15, 2017 at 3:09 pm I would actually say that it's entirely about the 60's. it's the 50's turning into the 60's. no there aren't hippies and flower children yet, but it's the youth moving on from the other generation, "graduating" Reply Jose Carlos Moreno says: July 18, 2017 at 3:36 am when I saw this movie at the age of 17 in my English class, I thought the writers were high, if they thought this was a good idea for a movie, cause the movie is extremely drawn out, the characters and plot are weird and kind of boring. It just felt like such a bad movie, like the message was "look at this weird life". Looking back, 3 years later, I still can't see the value of it. Reply Classic Modern Review says: August 29, 2017 at 3:22 pm Dustin Hoffman's character is great as a character study. He is nerves and awkward but honest and even at times rude. He is a reflection of our adolescence that wants to break away from the traditions of adulthood. Seeing it again, I do find however the romance with the young girl weak. They fall in love in one night and that's it. The romance with the older woman was more interesting. But maybe people tolerate the romance in the end because of the well executed ending. Reply Katherine Kelly says: October 6, 2017 at 1:58 am Benjamin struggled with the pull of integrity in a world where there was none (everyone sells out somehow) . With Mrs. Robinson he became a "sophisticate" at the risk of losing his integrity that was originally bought with his innocence (naivety). In the end he came full circle and returned to the beginning but only different. He rejected that which the adults had accepted as the compromises adults think are necessary to be seen as adults by others so that they can feel like adults in their own eyes. Reply Greg Salcedo says: October 9, 2017 at 5:26 pm Like Evert I also would reduce by one the stars I give for this movie if I have stars to give. I still think it's one of the best that came out of the 60s but I became tired of runaway brides in the movies & tv. It muddies the ending, happy or not, because of the misery & humiliation inflicted on the abandoned groom who in this case was totally innocent. Reply Anastasios Gkotzamanis says: October 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm have you done a review of "Cross of Iron"? Reply Klaus Brinck says: October 29, 2017 at 1:15 pm infected by the hippies, the 60´s generation was the only one, who wanted to do things different than their parents, so it´s a film just about the sixties…or tell me, how different and individual are YOU, compared to your parents really???? Reply hifijohn says: December 28, 2017 at 8:14 pm @2:50 aunt clara and Esmeralda Reply Bensu Gülçür says: January 10, 2018 at 11:33 pm perfect video Reply MrKajithecat says: January 11, 2018 at 7:11 am As someone who never went to college but still became successful through my two hands I can't relate to anything in this movie besides getting laid by an older woman. Reply Rifqy Nukman says: January 26, 2018 at 2:47 am what about the meaning of fish tank. i mean, i see a lot of fish tank in many "loner" genre movies, but what does it mean? Reply warhol cow says: May 30, 2018 at 3:31 am Really enjoying your videos! Reply MrFlaT100 says: June 22, 2018 at 10:38 pm I could talk about this movie a lot. It's one of my favorites of all time. When i watched the movie the first time around I simply saw Ben being fresh out of college, not knowing what he wants to do with his life, not fitting into his own age group (little friends), Not wanting to end up like his parents and then we are introduced to mrs Robinson who see's something in Ben perhaps attraction ? Maybe maybe not. Perhaps Mrs Robinson's husband wasn't paying her enough attention and she needed someone to love. I watch Mrs Robinson fall in love with Ben and tried to keep him to herself then becoming jealous about Ben falling in love with The daughter and not Mrs Robinson. This is a classic film and always will be. Reply HealthyAndrew says: August 6, 2018 at 1:17 am I love the Robert Redford story. It’s so good. “When was the last time you struck out with a girl “ RR- “what do you mean “ hahahaha Reply Arturas Karbocius says: August 6, 2018 at 6:19 pm Plastic is best joke put on screen which have no punch line is Monthy Python sketch show style where jokes have non punch lines. Reply Tom Lane says: August 9, 2018 at 5:15 am You're 20 and made this video? You are brilliant, sir. Reply Wen Huang says: August 22, 2018 at 12:41 pm Insightful and inspiring! Thx a lot! Reply Cindy Liberty says: September 5, 2018 at 11:03 pm For being so young you have great insight into films.Yes, Roger Ebert was a giant among critics! I read his reviews for years and still use them as reference long after his death.Love your videos! Keep up the great work! Reply DarkHorse17 says: September 22, 2018 at 3:53 am I don’t really relate to this film, only because the people In my life I know and are not complete strangers to me. But still it’s a good movie. Reply Harry McMackin says: October 10, 2018 at 2:51 am Lyndon Johnson said this was the stupidest movie he ever saw. I couldn't believe he was so blind. Late in my teaching career I showed it to the youth of 2007. They agreed with LBJ. They had not experienced generation gap the way we did in the late 1960s. I suppose I was pleased that the kind of generation gap, that is, pre-sexual revolution parents, and youth in the midst of the sexual revolution, that gap no longer existed. But I have spoken to my contemporaries in our later years, and they agree with me. I think you had to be early 20s in the late 1960s, to really appreciate the movie. Actually, I now see several flaws in the movie, but at the time it really spoke to my experience. Reply Snuggles McSquishbottom says: November 2, 2018 at 12:49 pm Seriously, spoiler alert for something that came out in the 60s? Reply Arispe Missy says: November 16, 2018 at 3:13 am I was five years old when this movie came out.I loved the music back then. Reply Mike Oyler says: November 23, 2018 at 12:42 pm I know I feel the generation gap when I watch a review like this, which somebody obviously put a ton of effort into and still feels obligated to say "spoiler alert". Why is it necessary to tell people that there are spoilers in a review? Obviously there are spoilers – it's a review! Thanks for posting your reviews and commentaries. I enjoy them! Reply Rose Agaatsz says: December 28, 2018 at 7:33 pm I love Ben, I don’t think 🤔 that mr Robinson like him ! Great movie. This is sooo true and amazing 😉 naughty mrs Robinson 😂😂😂❤️ Reply Rose Agaatsz says: December 28, 2018 at 7:34 pm If I was mr Robinson 👀 I kil him 😎 😂 Reply Nicholas Davis says: January 2, 2019 at 10:31 pm Its crazy Dustin’s only like 6 years younger than Anne irl Reply Tom says: January 23, 2019 at 3:47 am 👨🚒 This video says that Ben Braddock was/is an "everyman." I disagree. It's vital to remember that, even in 1967, most young men in America WERE NOT like Ben Braddock. This is a movie about a very particular TYPE of American man, a type who existed in 1967 and who exist even today in 2019. 👨🚒I think the essence of the particular man Ben Braddock is that, though he's a grown man (21 years old), he's a very weak, childish man. Very immature. About 4 years old emotionally speaking, and a shy, bashful little child at that. 👨🚒Consider the movie "Love Story" (1970), and consider how different from Ben Braddock is from Love Story's young man protagonist, Harvard Law student Oliver Barrett IV. Oliver's not lost or indecisive or wandering or in any sort of emotional crisis about living as an adult in the world. 👨🚒Ben Braddock has been over-controlled and also over-pampered and over-protected by his parents. He's never grown up. 👨🚒At the beginning of the movie, Ben is in turmoil because he knows that he doesn't continue living as a little child who does exactly what the "adults" tell him to do, and yet he can't yet bring himself to be an adult himself. 👨🚒Mrs. Robinson is an astute reader of people, and she saw the childlike obedient nature of Ben, and so she knew that if she acted like the adult, acted as the boss, she could get "child" Ben to be her boy toy. And it worked. 👨🚒By the end of the movie, Ben still has not become an adult. He rebels against parental control and expectation, but in a chaotic, teenager-like way, without any practical plan for this future. 👨🚒This movie resonated so well with the culture of the late 1960s because so many young people were also refusing to grow up and begin acting in an adult way, taking on adult responsibilities. There was a widespread ideological fantasy at that time that being adult-like was the cause of the Vietnam War and all the other problems of the world. 👨🚒But this fantasy passed, the whole Hippie movement passed (at least as a mass movement–little pockets remain to this day) after greatly harming many people. 👨🚒"The Graduate" and the 1960s counter-culture movement really had nothing to do with Materialism or Anti-Materialism. "The Graduate" and the 1960s counter-culture movement were about whether one could remain a child one's entire life, or not. 👨🚒"Catcher in the Rye" is also about this. Holden Caulfield thought everyone was a phony except for his little sister who still loves to ride a fake horse on a carousel. Holden Caulfield thinks everyone is a phony because they are not like little children just aimlessly, peaceably playing all day. Holden Caulfield and Ben Braddock are practically the same character, though Holden has his emotional breakdown/rebellion in high school, whereas Ben has his in the summer after graduating from college. 👨🚒The character of Ben Braddock reappeared in the in the 1990s in the character of the man-child Ross Geller, played by David Schwimmer in the TV show "Friends." 👨🚒Consider that Donald J. Trump, and Robert Mueller (now special prosecutor investigating Trump), and Senator Elizabeth Warren graduated from college in about the same year as Ben Braddock. My point is that many graduates from 1967 and 1968 were not caught up in the Let's-Remain-Childish-Forever Movement of the 1960s and early 1970s. 👨🚒Sooner or later, everyone who's ever going to have at least a minimally decent life must "grow up" and accept that he or she is a human being and must act and think as human beings have always acted and thought. We adult humans are not, and cannot be, little children, or angels, or saints, or puppies, or wild whales swimming peaceably through the ocean. We just join and form groups (families, marriages, corporations) and compete with other individuals and groups for money and status, and all the things that money and status bring (freedom, security, great sex, etc.) 👨🚒Sooner or later, we must see that Mister Rogers did not prepare anyone for adulthood. Reply Tom says: January 23, 2019 at 4:50 am Ben Braddock is like another college graduate named Hamlet. Reply Toby Goodguy says: February 2, 2019 at 2:44 pm A riot listening to a 20 something explain a film his grandfather first saw.Keep up the "good" work, kid.(Heheheh) Reply HoldenNY22 says: February 2, 2019 at 7:57 pm I am a little older than 20 now. A few decades older. I first saw the Movie as a Kids, a young Teen-Ager, on TV. Besides from Wishing that I was being Seduced by Mrs. Robinson, I like the Simon and Garfunkel Music. I also agree with you that Dustin Hoffman did a great Job playing Ben. Having someone like Robert Redford playing Ben wouldn't work, you need someone who is defintely not a Chick Magnet like Robert Redford is. I think one point of the Movie is that Mrs. Robinson is using and abusing Benjamin in it because Ben has very low Self0 Esteem and doesn''t ahve it together. If you had Robert Redford playing Ben, he would have just had his Fling with Mrs. Robinson and moved on to Other Girls closer to his own age when he got bored. By the way, there is a Sequel , not to the Movie, but to the Book that Charles Webb wrote. The Sequel is called HomeSchool. I won't give too much of it away, but it finds Elaine and Ben living in Westchester, New York with 2 Sons. They want to HomeSchool their Kids, but the local Board of Education is giving them a hard time about. They call upon Elaine's Mother- Mrs. Robinson to help them with that problem. I wont' give away any more detains besides from that. The First Book is basically the Screenplay for the Movie, althugh the Book came first. Reply TOFKAS01 says: April 27, 2019 at 12:17 pm 5:48 It would be a nice testimony to the quality of that movie which will be 80 years old then….. Reply alannothnagle says: June 15, 2019 at 12:12 am Great analysis. One thing you learn as you grow older is that most people essentially BECOME their parents sooner or later. This can be a good thing (my parents are pretty cool), or a tragic one. I can't help but thinking that Ben will turn into an only slightly more enlightened version of his father, and Elaine has every chance of becoming the new Mrs. Robinson. I suspect they're both starting to sense this distant prospect while they're sitting at the back of that bus. Reply Comp says: August 1, 2019 at 4:01 am Maybe there aren’t hippies or flowers, but the soundtrack is very late 60s and that’s enough to really represent that generation Reply Rocky Racoon says: August 9, 2019 at 5:13 am You are NOT 20!!!! Reply filthyphillyboy says: August 9, 2019 at 9:13 pm Mrs. Robinson wasn't such a demon she was made out to be. Made a man a outta that boy! Reply Nick Ortega says: September 29, 2019 at 3:05 am At 27, I feel an affinity to this character, along with captain America. I’m lost, looking for something that I don’t know what it is. I got out of the military and have no idea where to go from that. This was a great review that fleshed our emotions I had no words for. 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