What an ending. It has the look of an ending that would be considered "happy", kind of like "Good Will Huntings" ending but it's really not due to the underlying themes of alienation, social pressures, generation gaps, etc. We see the two characters making a huge decision for their lives in a rushed manner, and in fact, the whole last quarter felt rushed, but it works in a sense, with the way the theme of the movie which is that social pressures and the generation gaps has made the adults want their children to make decisions and right away without aiming to truly live a proper experience. "Plastics" is said by a man about the life of today and it very much represents the superficial and not humane nature of people back then and today. The fact that this movie came out in 1967 is pretty amazing as it has many scenes that never felt like they were from a movie back then and the relevance stand strong, even today. I can very much see the major influences this movie has provided to films that came out afterwords and it is essentially, the first true "coming of age" film of it's time, and it's all done in a very scary manner then anything. All throughout the movie we see the main character, a young college graduate being forced to make life choices he just isn't sure about. First to have to talk to so many people when he is just so introverted, to go to graduate school by his parents, to get a job by relatives, then to have sex and in a sense, laughed at for not doing so before, by Mrs.Robinson, than to go on a date with a girl he hardly knows, etc. These adults feel their life is the best life and that to be happy, their children must do it as well, but it's very noticeable that their life is quite bland and lifeless, due to them following the system and not choosing the life THEY want. All of those pressures and what not, lead to a last quarter that is very rushed including the female making a choice she doesn't even truly want but does so anyways, but it makes sense, due to the theme of life being rushed for these people, and it ends off with the characters unsure if they even made a good choice of running away from all that stuff. What will they do now with their lives? It's very tragic and true. Life is not supposed to be a bunch of events to gain praise. If one wants that, then OK, but not everyone wants such. Never the less, in a sense, the ending is happy for the male lead as he has finally been able to do something "different" from everyone else...but now can he handle the typical family life ahead of him? Is this life REALLY what the female wants? The music is used very well and there are some truly iconic scenes such as the one with the main character in a swimming pool, drowning himself from everything...still as a tree...reminds me of that one scene in Wes Andersons "Rushmore". Another thing I really dug is the way the camera allows us to view life through the lens of the main male lead, with glances at the table and not the other persons face, and much more. There is more to be said, but The Graduate, overall, is a very good movie. I feel I will actually like it more with a re-watch some day. It's message hits hard and will continue to do so even in 2050. The Graduate is indeed, a classic.