Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Prescience of The Graduate

Since the movie, "American Pie" in 1999, the acronym M.I.L.F. has entered the pop culture lexicon and proliferated to this day. Using Google Trends, one can see it is a popular search on lonely Friday nights. An entire fetish genre has emerged in the porn industry, in fact, the 35 to 50 year old set is the lone bright spot in an otherwise sagging industry. The sexualization of the surburban mom has taken hold in mainstream media as well, the entire cast of "Desperate Housewives," comes to mind. Rock&Roll has been pushing the hot mom for years, from Van Halen's 1984 "Hot for Teacher," to Rachel Hunter as "Stacey's Mom," more recently.
All of this brings to mind "The Graduate" starring Dustin Hoffman in 1967. Fresh out of college, Benjamin Braddock spends a listless summer living at home. He encounters Mrs. Robinson, a friend of his parents and begins an affair with the O.G. of MILFs. Ahead of its time, The Graduate, written by Charles Webb, stands alone as the beginning of MILFdom.

Katherine Ross is a stunner as Elaine Robinson.

Anne Bancroft played Mrs. Robinson