20 Classic Movies That Haven’t Aged Well

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The Graduate

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Embassy Pictures

1967’s The Graduate still has a lot going for it. Mike Nichols‘s direction has stood the test of time, Dustin Hoffman‘s performance made a great role out of a meh character, and Simon and Garfunkel‘s soundtrack gifted the world with “Mrs. Robinson” and “The Sound of Silence” memes that will surely live on long after we’re gone. Where The Graduate fails isn’t necessarily in its outdated Gen X apathy, which is Roger Ebert‘s opinion changed. It’s not even in the massive age gap between the leading characters or that Benjamin Braddock hooked up with Mrs. Robinson and then dated her daughter (although, that is icky).

Unfortunately, the way that Mrs. Robinson seduces Benjamin in her home by luring him into a room and then removing her clothes is how every Harvey Weinstein story starts, which should serve as a lesson to all of us that we should only take off our clothes when asked. Later in the film, Mrs. Robinson falsely accuses Benjamin of rape. Only about 8% of rape accusations are fake, according to a little company called the FBI, and storylines like this one perpetuate false reporting myths that lead to fiascos like Brett Kavanaugh becoming a Supreme Court justice.

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