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The first time I saw The Graduate, I wondered, Where are all the hippies? They’re few and far between in this 1967 classic film, even though several scenes are set at Berkeley. But that says more about the strength of the post-Camelot images I’d inherited from TV than about a weakness in Mike Nichols’ film. After all, Nichols doesn’t really care about those stinky hippies. Instead, he chooses to focus on an ennui- and alcohol-ridden suburban world and its vague hypocrites, such as Mr. Robinson (Murray Hamilton). In his boozy first scene, he advises the titular Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) to go sow a few wild oats—and look up his daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross), home on vacation. The Graduate screens at 8:30 p.m. at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Avenue NW. Free. (202) 244-1949. (Joe Dempsey)