Video: If The Graduate Had the Soundtrack from Garden State

Kentucker Audley looks at what happens when Dustin Hoffman's breakthrough movie is shorn of Simon & Garfunkel and gets some hip new songs.

You may remember the indie classic film Garden State for its awesome soundtrack personally chosen by director Zach Braff. While it is certainly great (featuring badass songs from Coldplay, the Shins, some band called Frou Frou, and more) believe it or not, it actually could have been better with all songs from the Dave Matthews Band. In my previous internet video (which you can view here) I made the case that “Ants Marching,” “Crash Into Me” and the rest of the DMB catalog works perfectly synced alongside the touching tale of an ill man falling in love with a quirky beauty. But let’s not forget about the terrific Garden State soundtrack because, like I said, it’s sweet too. With that in mind, I decided to create a follow-up video using the Garden State soundtrack to provide the backdrop to another indie classic from yesteryear – that’s right, the 1967 movie where a young Dustin Hoffman gets seduced by Mrs. Robinson. The Graduate is definitely a great movie, but it’s tight to see it with all new songs instead of “Hello Darkness My Old Friend.” Hope you enjoy!

And in case you missed the previous video, here it is too:

Kentucker Audley is a filmmaker, film programmer, actor and Movies hat salesman. His latest film, Strawberry Mansion (co-directed with Albert Birney), premiered at Sundance 2021. His previous directorial effort, Sylvio (also co-directed with Albert Birney), debuted at SXSW and was named one of the Best 10 Movies of The Year by The New Yorker. As an actor, he’s starred in indie films such as Christmas, Again and Sun Don’t Shine. He also founded NoBudge and Movies Brand.