The Graduate

We're not sure if it's a happily-ever-after ending for Mike Nichols's landmark film The Graduate. First, an aimless Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman in a star-making role) comes home from college, annoyed and uncomfortable with his family's constant pressure to conform to their expectations (read: attend graduate school and date a nice girl). Then he's reluctantly seduced by an older woman (Anne Bancroft as the original cougar Mrs. Robinson), who has a lovely daughter (a young and vulnerable Katharine Ross as Elaine) who also catches Benjamin's eye. By the time Benjamin sorts out his feelings, Mrs. Robinson's been busted by her husband and Elaine's gone off to college and is engaged to another man (one who hasn't slept with her mother). Benjamin bursts in on Elaine's wedding just as the "I do's" are about to be said, hoping to whisk her away, but only if he can duck an extremely angry groom and Elaine's father, Mr. Robinson, who's still pissed Benjamin banged Mrs. R. Even if he gets what he wants, will Benjamin want what he gets? Find out at 11:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday. River Oaks Theatre, 2009 West Gray. For information, call 713-866-8881 or visit $6.50 to $9.50.
Fri., Dec. 18, 11:55 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 19, 11:55 p.m., 2009
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Olivia Flores Alvarez