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14th Feb '17 2:41:22 PM KingClark
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* PlotPowereStamina: Ben spends the last portion of the movie running like hell to stop his beloved's wedding, basically power-jogging nonstop for ages with only a pause to make a phone call. Nicely led up to throughout the film with repeated mentions of Ben's position in college as captain of the track team.

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* PlotPowereStamina: PlotPoweredStamina: Ben spends the last portion of the movie running like hell to stop his beloved's wedding, basically power-jogging nonstop for ages with only a pause to make a phone call. Nicely led up to throughout the film with repeated mentions of Ben's position in college as captain of the track team.
10th Feb '17 2:54:12 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AmbiguousDisorder: Benjamin has little social ability and little motivation to take part in society, largely due to the overbearing presences of the adults in his life. He was an outstanding student and athlete[[note]]though his sport was track-and-field, which requires less team interaction than other sports[[/note]], and his parents and their friends all adore him. He still has no friends and no idea what he wants to do with his life - after all, he prefers lying in his parents' swimming pool to going out into the Real World™.



* BigBad: Mrs. Robinson.
* BigHeroicRun: The ending involves a lot of running.
* BigWordShout: "ELAAAAIIIIIINE!"



* ComingOfAgeStory: The film is about Benjamin trying to find himself and escape the suburban ennui that his parents and his girlfriend's parents have found themselves in. He more or less fails.



* HeadDesk: Benjamin does an "I can't believe I'm doing this" variant against a hotel room wall just before he sleeps with Mrs. Robinson for the first time.



* InstantSeduction: Famously averted. Despite her good looks (and him being rather plain and heavily implied to be a virgin) Mrs. Robinson has to practically throw herself at Ben before he gets the idea, and then he runs off all scandalized. When he does agree to get a hotel room with her, he worries what his parents would think if they found out, is generally horribly nervous, and has to be talked into it again.



* KafkaKomedy: The entire plot is a Kafka Komedy since any and all actions he makes are against authority figures but he never intends to do anything bad. He begins the movie loved by those around him and by the end of the movie he's despised by almost everyone who once liked him.



* LadyDrunk: Mrs. Robinson, of course.



* LadyDrunk: Mrs. Robinson, of course.


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* LeaveTheCameraRunning: How long are they sitting on that bus, slowly realizing they have no idea what they will do next, having burned all their bridges behind them? Nichols literally left the camera running without warning the actors.


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* LoveAtFirstSight: Ben and Elaine: one date which gets off to a very rocky start, then they share burgers and life stories in a drive-in restaurant, then some uncomfortable truths are aired, and months later he's still willing to drive up to Berkeley to chase after her. Hardly a day after they have an argument, they're talking about marriage, and their passion seems to go strong for the rest of the movie — not counting the last seven seconds. Granted Ben and Elaine fall for each other very quickly but its still not at first sight. Especially since its implied in an earlier scene that they knew each other before their date.
* AManIsAlwaysEager: Averted. Ben is quite shy and scandalized by the idea, and has to be talked into it. The woman in question was the wife of his father's business partner...


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* MoodWhiplash: The film is a satirical comedy up until the scene where Elaine discovers the truth about her mother and Ben. Things get considerably heavier then.


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* NowWhat: At the end of the movie, after Benjamin rescues Elaine from her wedding and they flee on a bus, the camera holds on them for an uncomfortably long time, emphasizing the "now what?" nature of the ending. A play and a (separate) movie attempt to tell what happened right after the end and a generation later, respectively.
* OfCourseImNotAVirgin: Attempted and failed:
-->'''Mrs. Robinson:''' Benjamin, is this your first time?
-->'''Ben:''' Is this - what?
-->'''Mrs. Robinson:''' It is, isn't it? It is your first time.
-->'''Ben:''' That's a laugh, Mrs. Robinson. That's really a laugh. Ha ha.
-->'''Mrs. Robinson:''' You can admit that, can't you?
-->'''Ben:''' Are you kidding?
-->'''Mrs. Robinson:''' It's nothing to be ashamed of -, ''etc.''


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* PleaseDumpMe: Benjamin, under orders from Mrs. Robinson, tries to get her daughter Elaine to lose interest in him by taking her to a strip club on a date.
* PlotPowereStamina: Ben spends the last portion of the movie running like hell to stop his beloved's wedding, basically power-jogging nonstop for ages with only a pause to make a phone call. Nicely led up to throughout the film with repeated mentions of Ben's position in college as captain of the track team.
* PopStarComposer: Featuring songs by Music/SimonAndGarfunkel.


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* {{Prelap}}: When Benjamin is in the bottom of a pool, but you hear him having a phone conversation with Mrs. Robinson in the following scene.


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* StacysMom: Mrs. Robinson is easily a candidate for this one, given the memetic line that sprang forth from it.


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* TrueBeautyIsOnTheInside: Oddly not mentioned, although the beautiful Mrs. Robinson is a depressed alcoholic who cheats on her husband and tries to force her daughter into an unhappy marriage, and Ben (who rescues the daughter) is played by Dustin Hoffman. Then again, Dustin Hoffman was cast at the last minute.
* TwoWordsAddedEmphasis: The trope may have originated with one word: "Plastics."
* UnbuiltTrope:
** The film popularised the RunawayBride trope - and the sequence of Benjamin convincing his love interest to run out on her wedding is iconic. But its numerous imitators forget to include the part that happens next; once they're on the bus and the thrill wears off, the two share a look that says "did we really do the right thing?" - and the film ends ambiguously
** The film was the TropeNamer for MrsRobinson. But it isn't portrayed just for fanservice, although Mrs. Robinson is certainly attractive, but also for drama. Mrs. Robinson was forced into Shotgun Wedding after having a child out of wedlock, and she wants to have affair with Ben out of dissatisfaction with a forced marriage. It also portrays the consequences of a young man having an affair with a married woman: when Ben falls for Elaine, Mrs. Robinson lies and tells Elaine and Mr. Robinson that he took advantage of her. The latter threatens to sue him if he ever comes near his family again, and Elaine initially wants nothing to do with him.


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* ViginShaming: It could be interpreted that Ben is a virgin before he sleeps with Mrs. Robinson. At the very least, he sleeps with Mrs Robinson because she challenges him on his inexperience. He acts so horribly awkward she outright asks him, and he unsuccessfully tries to deny it, so she basically dares him to prove himself. "Just because you happen to be inadequate in one way..." To his...credit?...Dustin Hoffman, 30 years old at the time, does a great job of playing a nervous, shy virgin.


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* WhatNowEnding: The film ends with Ben and Elaine, having just fled Elaine's wedding, sitting next to each other on the back seat of a bus as the adrenaline rush of the escape wears off, leaving them with expressions that can be summed up as, "So what do we do now?"
* ZipMeUp: Mrs. Robinson actually asks to be ''un''-zipped.
17th Jan '17 8:27:34 PM Willbyr
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[[caption-width-right:350:"[[MrsRobinson Mrs. Robinson,]] [[MemeticMutation you're trying to seduce me, aren't you?]]"]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:"[[MrsRobinson [-[[caption-width-right:350:"[[MrsRobinson Mrs. Robinson,]] [[MemeticMutation you're trying to seduce me, aren't you?]]"]]
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14th Dec '16 7:12:26 PM WillBGood
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--> '''[[BrokenBird Mrs. Robinson:]]''' ''Elaine, [[YouAreTooLate it's too late]]!''

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--> '''[[BrokenBird Mrs. Robinson:]]''' '''Mrs. Robinson:''' ''Elaine, [[YouAreTooLate it's too late]]!''
30th Nov '16 12:11:10 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Inverted; in the book Ben is quite handsome, which makes Mrs. Robinson seem a good deal less desperate. In fact, Ben's awkwardness in general is artistic license by Nichols and Hoffman; Ben's character in the book is a prototypical Aryan goodboy athlete brimming with confidence and charisma (Robert Redford was the original choice to play the role). Dustin Hoffman's short stature, darker features, awkward clumsiness and insecurity (of which the affair with Mrs. Robinson is the chief catalyst in ridding him) are not present in the book.

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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Inverted; in the book Ben is quite handsome, which makes Mrs. Robinson seem a good deal less desperate. In fact, Ben's awkwardness in general is artistic license by Nichols and Hoffman; Ben's character in the book is a prototypical Aryan goodboy athlete brimming with confidence and charisma (Robert Redford (Creator/RobertRedford was the original choice to play the role). Dustin Hoffman's short stature, darker features, awkward clumsiness and insecurity (of which the affair with Mrs. Robinson is the chief catalyst in ridding him) are not present in the book.
26th Nov '16 6:22:10 AM Morgenthaler
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''The Graduate'' is a 1967 film, directed by MikeNichols and based on Charles Webb's novel of the same title, about recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock's affair with the wife of his father's partner, MrsRobinson. Famous for being lauded as the first movie made for the (then) new Baby Boomer generation, prominently featuring Music/SimonAndGarfunkel music (most memorably the toe-tapper "Mrs. Robinson"), and sky-rocketing Creator/DustinHoffman to fame. It also contains ''many'' extremely memorable and oft lovingly parodied scenes and lines (particularly, "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me" and the climax where Ben rescues Elaine from her wedding).

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''The Graduate'' is a 1967 film, directed by MikeNichols Creator/MikeNichols and based on Charles Webb's novel of the same title, about recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock's affair with the wife of his father's partner, MrsRobinson. Famous for being lauded as the first movie made for the (then) new Baby Boomer generation, prominently featuring Music/SimonAndGarfunkel music (most memorably the toe-tapper "Mrs. Robinson"), and sky-rocketing Creator/DustinHoffman to fame. It also contains ''many'' extremely memorable and oft lovingly parodied scenes and lines (particularly, "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me" and the climax where Ben rescues Elaine from her wedding).
13th Jun '16 7:02:54 PM Ezclee4050
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!"Just one word: Tropes.":

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!"Just !!"Just one word: Tropes.":
13th Jun '16 6:59:43 PM Ezclee4050
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!!! "Just one word. Tropes.":

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!!! "Just !"Just one word. word: Tropes.":
8th May '16 6:51:06 PM Temmere
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* KavorkaMan: Ben is plain, awkward, unemployed, with no prospects or ambition for getting them. And yet a mother and daughter fight over and both throw their lives away for him.

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* KavorkaMan: Ben is plain, awkward, unemployed, with no prospects or ambition for getting them. And yet a mother and daughter fight over and both throw their lives away for him. (Even Dustin Hoffman, during his audition, thought it was unlikely.)
22nd Mar '16 6:42:43 PM Mdumas43073
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** Ben does this toward the end, during that Berkeley-to-Pasadena-to-Berkeley-to-Santa Barbara shuttle. It's a minimum of 1,000 miles in 24 hours, on what were much smaller highways with stops and signal lights in 1967. The US 99 and 101 freeways were barely half-bypassed at the time, and I-5 not even open yet.

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** Ben does this toward the end, during that Berkeley-to-Pasadena-to-Berkeley-to-Santa Barbara shuttle. It's [[note]]It's a minimum of 1,000 miles in 24 hours, on what were much smaller highways with stops and signal lights in 1967. The US 99 and 101 freeways were barely half-bypassed at the time, and I-5 not even open yet.[[/note]]
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