Post Grad 2009

Post Grad

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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 (Alexis Bledel) has a grand plan: Find a fabulous apartment and land a job at a prestigious publishing house. However, her rival Jessica steals her dream job, and Ryden has to move back in with her weird family while she sorts out her life. A stack of rejection letters grows while she hangs out with her best friend (Zach Gilford) and her neighbor (Rodrigo Santoro), but if she is to gain traction in her life again, Ryden will have to make a new plan.

Cast

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 (36) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (91)

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

    June 10, 2013 | Full Review…
  • There's certainly a lot of material there but none of the comedy works in any way at all and Keaton is a dead zone at the centre of the film.

    January 5, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Vicky Jenson's attempt at a go-getting romcom is a tragic underachiever on the com front: the rent-a-quirk characters feel like a Little Miss Sunshine tribute act gone wrong.

    January 5, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • he try-hard quirkiness and clunky screenwriting starts to grate after just a few minutes. By the final act, it's not unlike having bamboo splinters inserted under your fingernails.

    January 5, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Post Grad is trying to reproduce the wackily dysfunctional manners of family life that made Little Miss Sunshine a hit, but hasn't the charm, the jokes or, significantly, the nerve.

    January 5, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | 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.

    August 28, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Post Grad

  • May 23, 2013
    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 P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2012
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2011
    Matt Saracen is in this. He's awful in it because this movie is awful, but he is there and he is cute.
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer
  • Oct 07, 2010
    Yet again another comecy romance that gets going good then fails completly in the last act, the plot of the guy best friend who has always loved his best girl mate is ever present here, and annoyed me badly and got in the way, her story would have been interesting enough.
    scott g Super Reviewer

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