I think this movie respected and blended well w/ “The Graduate.” They were wise to explain that the book and movie based on the rumored story were close approximations so any variation cd be understood.
I believe the discovery of the situation was good and worked well. I had a lot of fun during the first have discovering w/ the characters what the reality was.
The second half wasn’t quite as good. The discovery was gone and some events seemed inconsistent w/ the situation and characters.
I liked the early scene of Sarah explaining to her g’ma that she didn’t want a normal like. I felt that naturally paralleled Benjamin’s scene in “The Graduate” when he tells his parents he wants his life to be “different.”
Also, the Casablanca night party in the movie told a bit about how Beau (like Ric), was in love w/ another man’s woman, sdn’t have her, shares her, is hurt and out for himself in most ways, but will need to sacrifice.
Shirley MacLaine was really good. That was going to be hard to pull off and cd have sunk it all, but she did great.
The late scene of Sarah going back to Jeff was awesome. It’s rare to see a movie treat love realistically. This came about as close as you cd:
“I didn’t come here to tell you that I can’t live without you. I can live without you. I just don’t want to.”