Tooley I Am King’s review published on Letterboxd:
Not sure why I connected with this so much. I mean, from a literal sense, Benjamin Braddock's story is rather different from mine (thank god). I guess what really hit me about The Graduate was how it explored themes of paranoia and "drifting".
Ben drifts through life without a purpose. He's accomplished what he set out to do in school, but now that everything he's trained for is over, he doesn't know what the next step in his life should be. He's got all these questions from himself and others about what will become of his life, and how he will make it worthwhile. It's this feeling of being lost and searching for a purpose that sends him on this wild journey through self-loathing, and eventually, self-discovery.
The Graduate is a funny and deeply moving look into the life of a young man drifting around, searching for meaning. It's a coming-of-age film like no other, and a must-see for any film fan.