The Graduates

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Not to be confused with The Graduate.
The Graduates
Poster of the movie The Graduates.jpg
Directed by Ryan Gielen
Produced by Ryan Gielen
Matthew Gielen
Joshua Davis
Caitlin Marshall
Written by Screenplay:
Ryan Gielen
Starring Rob Bradford
Blake Merriman
Nick Vergara
Michael Pinnacchio
Music by Songs:
The New Rags
Mad Tea Party
Sonia Montez
The Kudabins
Cinematography Mufit Umar
Edited by Ryan Gielen
Release dates
July 31, 2008
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Graduates is a 2008 American coming-of-age teen comedy film directed and written by Ryan Gielen.[1] The film is produced by Ryan Gielen, Matthew Gielen, Josh Davis and Caitlin Marshall. The film tells the story of Ben (played by Rob Bradford), Andy (played by Blake Merriman), Mattie (played by Nick Vergara), and Nickie (played by Michael Pennacchio) recent highschool graduates who go to Ocean City, Maryland for Senior Week or Beach Week.[2]


The film explores the life of 18-year-old Ben, shortly after earning his degree from an unnamed high school in Maryland. Ben is heading to Senior Week to hang out with friends, party, and chase the hottest girl in high school, Annie (played by Stephanie Lynn).

The movie begins outside a liquor store in Columbia, located between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. in Howard County. Ben is talking to himself when Ben's older brother's friend Brian (played by Brian Seibert) overhears him, which embarrasses Ben. Ben's older brother Josh (played by Josh Davis) gets in the car and hands Ben a bag of liquor. They then drive to pick up Ben's three friends, Andy, Mattie and Nickie.

After picking up Ben's three friends, the group heads off to Ocean City. During the trip to Ocean City the group has discussions about sex, which highlights the group's limited understanding of sex and their naivete.

Upon arriving in Ocean City the group gets drunk and goes to a party. After entering the party, Josh tells the boys "the secret" about female body language. Later at the party Ben talks to Megs (played by Laurel Reese), his best friend. As they talk, Annie enters the party. Her entrance completely distracts Ben. Ben then sits down next to Annie and flirts with her. As Ben and Annie begin to kiss, Nickie gets into a fight, which causes Annie to leave and ends the party.

The next day, the group goes out on the town, has fun at the beach, and cruises the boardwalk. They end up back at Ben's condo and play Asshole. Andy becomes president and declares that Nickie must toast him. After a brief verbal spat, Ben becomes Vice President and calls for a confession. After a descriptive story from Josh about losing his virginity, the boys stumble into an awkward conversation about divorce.

Throughout the rest of the week the viewer meets many more characters that come in and out of the story line.



  • The Film has three original composed songs by Seth Freeman.
  • The New Rags have three songs on the soundtrack.

Awards and honors[edit]

Directorial Discovery Award: Rhode Island Film Festival[3]


  • This is the first film to be shot entirely on location in Ocean City, Maryland. Additionally, "Violets are Blue" (1986) starring Kevin Kline, was partially shot in Ocean City, Maryland.[4]
  • The film is Zak Williams', son of famous actor Robin Williams, feature film debut.[5]


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Awards and achievements
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Rhode Island Film Festival Directorial Discovery Award1
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