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The Young Graduates (1971)

GP | | Drama | 2 June 1971 (USA)
Spunky and precocious high school senior Mindy Evans spurns her decent, but frustrated boyfriend Bill and has a fling with hunky married nice guy teacher Jack Thompson. Midy finds out that ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Patricia Wymer ...
Mindy Evans
Steven Stewart ...
Jack Thompson
Gary Rist ...
Bill
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Les (as B. Kirby Jr.)
Jennifer Ritt ...
Gretchen Thompson
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Pan
Marly Holiday ...
Sandy
Anthony Mannino
Robert Almanza ...
Danny
Joe Pepe ...
Lieutenant (as Joe Pepi)
Max Manning ...
Bartender
Frances Tremaine ...
Teacher
Tom Benko ...
Reporter
Pat Russell ...
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Spunky and precocious high school senior Mindy Evans spurns her decent, but frustrated boyfriend Bill and has a fling with hunky married nice guy teacher Jack Thompson. Midy finds out that she might be pregnant. While waiting for the results of her pregnancy test, Mindy decides to alleviate the tension by embarking on an impromptu road trip to Big Sur, California with her loyal best gal pal Sandy. Written by Woodyanders

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Groovy, man!
29 October 2008 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

The early 1970's was on one of the few periods of American cinema where films were often truly anarchic and free-spirited without the morals and the messages or the emphasis on tight, efficient plots. This film is very much a product of its time, but while it may not seem to have much of a purpose or a point by today's standards, it certainly is refreshingly different from a lot of American movies.

Patricia Wymer, who had earlier appeared in "The Babysitter" as the titular (and ass-ular)character who has a sexual affair with the middle-age father of her charge, at first seems to be playing a very similar role here as a high school senior who, right before graduation (and on her eighteenth birthday), has an affair with her handsome but dorky married gym teacher, and thinks she might be pregnant. While in a modern-day film this would result in all kinds sturm und drang, this isn't really what happens here. Instead while she's literally waiting for the rabbit to live or die (pregnancy detection has obviously come a long way), she and a friend decide to escape her problems and the friend's abusive alcoholic father by hitch-hiking to Big Sur to watch their boyfriends (one of whom is Bruno Kirby) drag-race. What follows is kind of a free-spirited "sexy hitchhiker" road movie. The pair meets up with a foppish flute-playing flower child who calls himself "Pan" (Dennis Christopher), they are attacked and nearly raped by a vicious motorcycle gang, and they hang out with a bunch of hippies and get arrested by the police. There is a lot of groovy music, some dope, but not nearly as much nudity as you'd expect (aside from some brief skinny-dipping and a truly gratuitous high school shower scene that involves none of the leads). Wymer wears some pretty short mini-skirts, but I don't recall her ever putting on hot-pants and really justifying the "hot-pants generation" tag-line.

Mostly, this is just a fun period movie. Wymer is an appealing if somewhat limited actress. Bruno Kirby is good in a small role (He was also in the more famous but frankly inferior counterculture film "The Harrad Experiment" that same year). Dennis Christopher was one of the most under-appreciated young actors of the 70's and early 80's. This movie is hard to find, but I'd definitely recommend it.


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