Post Grad


Post Grad (2009)


Critic Consensus: A lightweight, unambitious comedy, Post Grad features fine actors that can do little with its middling, uninspiring script.


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Recent college graduate Ryden Malby (Gilmore Girls star Alexis Bledel) has just survived four years of higher education, but when she's forced to move back into her childhood home, the stress of dealing with her eccentric family, landing a job, and finding the right guy leaves her with precious little time to ponder where her life is truly heading. Shrek and Shark Tale's co-director Vicky Jenson takes the helm for a comedy co-starring Michael Keaton, Carol Burnett, Zach Gilford, and Rodrigo Santoro, and produced by Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock in collaboration with Joe Medjuck and Jeff Clifford. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Alexis Bledel
as Ryden Malby
Zach Gilford
as Adam Davies
Rodrigo Santoro
as David Santiago
Jane Lynch
as Carmella Malby
Michael Keaton
as Walter Malby
Carol Burnett
as Grandma Maureen
Bobby Coleman
as Hunter Malby
Catherine Reitman
as Jessica Bard
Mary Anne McGarry
as Barbara Snaff
J.K. Simmons
as Roy Davies
Robert Arce
as Chancellor
Jeanie Hackett
as Woman at Graduation
Oscar Dillon
as Security Guard
Vanessa Branch
as Receptionist
Shirley Jordan
as Interviewer
Craig Robinson
as Funeral Director
Michael Grant Terry
as College Grad
Melissa Tang
as College Friend #1
Brandon Phillips
as College Friend #2
Parisa Fitz-Henley
as College Friend #3
Robert Koch
as Gary the Buckle Man
Fred Armisen
as Guacanator Pitchman
Don Stroud
as Manager at the Mint
Alexandra Holden
as Cute Funky Girl
Angel Oquendo
as Police Officer
Desean Terry
as Young Cop
Andrew Daly
as Lloyd Hastings
Kirk Fox
as Buckle-O-Bill
Anna Khaja
as Juanita
Gino Woulard
as Box Car Racer #1
Reid Harper
as Box Car Racer #2
Samantha Epstein
as Box Car Racer #3
Dempsey Pappion
as Basketball Player
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Critic Reviews for Post Grad

All Critics (99) | Top Critics (32)

Director Vicky Jenson has a sitcom script on her hands and proceeds accordingly.

Jun 10, 2013 | Full Review…

Post-Grad finds Alexis Bledel sinking into the quicksand of typecasting, playing nearly the same role she perfected during seven seasons as the ambitious Rory on Gilmore Girls.

Aug 28, 2009 | Full Review…

Alexis Bledel plays a Ms. Sunshine who's fresh out of college and unable to find work, and thus -- conveniently for the uninspired makers of this dismayingly conservative dramedy -- she's temporarily bunking back home

Aug 21, 2009 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Bledel brings a sweet, steady presence, but this sort of minor project is a step backwards. It's high time she graduated on to bigger and better things.

Aug 21, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Excessive niceness may be an unfair charge to lob at a movie, but Post Grad is so swaddled in good intentions that it's like taking a very short journey cushioned on all sides by air bags. That are stuffed with cotton candy.

Aug 21, 2009 | Rating: 2/4

The story that writer Kelly Fremon wants to tell in Post Grad -- recent college grad strikes out at finding a job, moves back home with her wacky family and finds true love -- is pretty tired.

Aug 21, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Post Grad

A sadly uneven movie that falls apart with its schlocky third act, and completely undoes (1) a relatable story about an exemplar of the generation of children told they were wonderful for their entire lives (only to discover upon leaving college that they're only as wonderful as their peers), (2) a charming (if cliche) romantic plot, and (3) borderline hilarious supporting character work by Michael Keaton, as the heroine's dad. The way the character gets out of her bind is entirely based on a series of coincidences, and it's all-too convenient to seem meaningful or even plausible. A friend said to me that she felt when watching this that in the end, the main character should have failed. I completely agree; had she failed, but retained some sliver of success or learning from the journey, the film could have been a winner. As it is, though, it seems to be yet another surprising, promising slice-of-life chewed to pieces by the Hollywood pap machine.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


A bland concoction on the surface about the difficulty of life after the certainty of college (hence the title), noticeably buoyed by the much-better-than-the-material cast. But even their efforts fail to raise much interest in the sugarcoated Disney-esque proceedings.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Meager comedy

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Matt Saracen is in this. He's awful in it because this movie is awful, but he is there and he is cute.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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