The Graduate (1967 D: Mike Nichols, W: Calder Willingham, Buck Henry)
OK. This one is going to open up some arguments. I was left absolutely cold by this film. Anne Bancroft is wonderful, of course, but I just was woefully unmoved by Hoffman’s character. He’s a drip. Also, reading about the movie, it’s pretty funny that Mrs. Robinson is “twice his age,” since Hoffman was 30 playing a 21 year old, and Bancroft was 36 at the time. Maybe I need to see it again, but I remember not enjoying or “getting” this movie at all. I do remember my film professor Rob Silberman at the U of Minn saying “Mike Nichols couldn’t direct his way out of a paper bag” about this movie.