The Graduate

1967 PG 1h 45m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Graduate

1967 PG 1h 45m Blu-ray / DVD
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In this Oscar-winning classic with an iconic Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack, Dustin Hoffman turns in a landmark performance as a naïve college grad who is seduced by middle-aged neighbor Mrs. Robinson but ends up falling in love with her daughter.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 2.35:1
French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital Mono
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DTS 5.1 HD, English: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.0, French: Dolby Digital 5.0
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
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age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this is a unique classic comedy charting an affair between a young man and a married friend of his parents. Much time is spent on the initial seduction and subsequent clandestine meetings in hotel rooms. Though no graphic depictions of intercourse are shown, there are brief shots of female nudity during the seduction and later in a nightclub scene, where a woman strips down to underwear and pasties. Language is fairly restrained, with a few minor curse words, such as "ass" or "damn" used sparingly. Many of the adults drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes very casually.

Sexual Content

Sex is an ever-present topic. Ben has an affair with a married woman, then falls in love with her daughter. Mrs. Robinson, in bra, unbuttons Ben's shirt as he lies in bed, then rubs his bare chest. A few seconds of the nude Mrs. Robinson are on display. A topless dancer at a bar is covered only by tassels on her nipples while she does a seductive dance for several seconds.


Ben rams his shoulder into a mob at a church, then grabs a large cross on the wall and wields it threateningly to keep the crowd back. Once outside, he uses the cross to bar the door.


Infrequent use of, for example, "goddamn," "hell," and "ass" and the epithet "wop."

Social Behavior

Blond, blue-eyed WASP America tacitly indicted for oblivious privilege. Some may consider Ben's use of a cross in a church blasphemous.


Celebration of elaborate gifts (Alfa Romeo, scuba gear).

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some drinking and smoking. Mrs. Robinson says she's an alcoholic.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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