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The Graduates (2008)

Four friends head to Senior Week in Ocean City, Maryland, to celebrate high school graduation.

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Ryan Gielen

Writer:

Ryan Gielen
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rob Bradford ... Ben
Blake Merriman ... Andy
Nick Vergara Nick Vergara ... Mattie
Mike Pennacchio Mike Pennacchio ... Nickie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Cryan Tom Cryan ... Tom
Josh Adam Davis ... Josh
Holly Lynn Ellis ... Meredith Snarky
Josh Folan ... Jesse Swomley
Matthew Hadley Matthew Hadley ... Cal
Lena Hall ... Inga (as Celina Carvajal)
Justin Harrison Justin Harrison ... William
Dennis Hill ... Steven Wright
Brandon Kenny Brandon Kenny ... Shirtless Guy
Tony King Tony King ... Redneck
Max Lodge Max Lodge ... Stuart
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Four friends head to Senior Week in Ocean City, Maryland, to celebrate high school graduation.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ocean City, Maryland, USA

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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Color

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1.66 : 1
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Ryan Gielen: In the background of a shot at Seacrets. He's standing in the water and wearing a bright red shirt. See more »

Quotes

Mattie: [Ben tries to hand Mattie a box of condoms] I only sleep with virgins.
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Solid pic - why the low rating?
9 March 2009 | by elblaqo2See all my reviews

So, I saw this movie the other week because a friend told me it was online for free as some kind of a promo. I wasn't expecting much - it looked like another standard teen sex romp movie on the outside - but I found that there was a lot more to "The Graduates" than other movies in its genre.

Let's face it, a lot of comedies made today suck. I mean: "Scream 4"!? "Disaster Movie"? Come on! What happened to the smart, clever movies that people like Steve Martin USED to make, like "The Jerk?" Now all you have to do is say or do something outlandish or weird in order to get a movie made (cough - Will Ferrell).

Judd Apatow's crew are on the right track. They've put the emphasis back on character and relationships, but the people that did "The Graduates" seem to be pushing for more - something with quality acting and grounded relationships - things that people can relate to and connect to and FEEL for. I don't remember the last time I saw a teen sex comedy or coming of age comedy where I really gave a hoot whether the characters/actors lived or died - and that's just what happened for me with "The Graduates." I liked "The Graduates." I really did. I liked it even MORE when I found out that it was made for under $100,000.00. Now that's impressive. Think of how much money is wasted on such terrible movies, then see this movie - wow.

I saw all these bizarre reviews/comments on their page which really didn't make sense - a rating of 4.4? Weird, vague comments by other users who didn't seem to be talking about the same movie I saw and openly admitting that they only watched 30 mins of a 90 min film? I hope that this blemish doesn't hurt the success of this otherwise well-received film.

The plot is pretty typical, but it's what they DO with it that matters. The cinematography and direction is pretty straight forward, which makes sense for a film like this on this scale - you can only do so much with a small budget and you only SHOULD do so much with a character-driven piece. The acting? From these unknowns? Really kind of impressive - I saw that Nick Vergara, who plays Mattie in the film, got commended by my favorite website: FilmschoolRejects.com. I agree with their review. There really are no weak links in this film in terms of the talent.

I found more info at www.TheGraduatesMovie.com about the film and got a free soundtrack and I will see it again when/if it plays near me.


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