The Cinematical Movie Club is a new weekly feature where we pick a film, watch it and then discuss it. Feel free to read our introduction for more info.
What makes a classic? When I think back upon the myriad of films that get tossed into the category, there is a prevalent trend of relatability. No matter how simple or grand the story is, whether it's detailing everyday mob violence, finding the meaning of Rosebud, or taking an epic journey through Arabia, there's something that's familiar. It might be a character you can relate to, a quest you find emotionally inspiring, or a masterful story that makes you feel like the fiction is real.
And then there's The Graduate. An interesting piece of beloved cinema, it toes the line between mainstream society and tabloid iniquity, being at once both insanely engaging and charismatic, and quite troublesome and questionable. At its simplest, this is the story the poor choices a young man makes when he's suffering from the angst-filled limbo between youth and adulthood. But it's also one of the least desirable romantic triangles that Hollywood has given us -- the young man, his hard and forlorn older lover, and her optimistic and innocent young daughter.