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When this came out in 1967, it was a huge hit, nominated for Best Picture (it lost to In the Heat of the Night), but it did manage to sneak by with Best Director). This classic still stands strong today, as it has an amazing ability to speak to young people. Benjamin is meant to be the embodiment of every teen and young adult, (which means his character is slightly exaggerated) he is naive, confused, and lost. He spends a great deal of time tumbling around life (and the movie), trying to figure out where he's at, and basically what's going on. So you can see how teens can relate to Ben, he feels all the confusion we sometimes feel.
The Graduate is hands down one of the greatest films ever made. It's off-the-wall, loads of fun, and packed with laughs. The acting by Dustin Hoffman is perfect, I couldn't imagine *anyone* (not even Al Pacino!) playing Ben. Katherine Ross and Anne Bancroft were also quite good. But perhaps the most memorable thing is the end, which has been spoofed many times, from The Simpsons to Wayne's World 2. So if you haven't seen it already (and if you haven't by now, you probably don't deserve to!), see it, while your still young!!!!