Post Grad is the story of Ryden Malby played by Alexis Bledel (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), a girl with a well set out plan, this plan is all but complete. The final task is to land her dream job. Only one problem, the job went to her college nemesis, Jessica Bard (Catherine Reitman). So, for Ryden it’s time to head home to her over the top family and to find a job only to find out she is un-hireable. To help her deal with her sudden feeling of inadequacy is her best friend Adam, a boy that has been in love with her for a long time and is very vocal about it. The only problem with that is she is having a fling with her exotic next door neighbor, leading to her not being so thoughtful when it comes to her best friend..
Post grad is a love story, a social commentary on the college graduate unemployment epidemic, and a family togetherness film. The real problem with that is it tries to fit all of these things into one movie, and leaves each subject feeling a little short. Both love stories feel rushed and don’t end up giving you that lovey dovey feeling. Keep in mind that I am a guy and I am trying to keep an open mind. I did enjoy the family aspect and Micheal Keaton (Batman) was fantastic as Ryden’s quirky father.
It was strange to see Keaton back in this movie as it seemed he has been picking stranger fair as of late but, even though I had that misconception coming into the movie it was nice to see him playing a fun, silly character again. He delivers most of the film’s laughs along with the inappropriate grandmother that seems to be a staple in family comedy since Spanglish. The grandma played by Carol Burnett (The Carol Burnett Show) is obsessed with death and has an opinion on anything and everything, even the strange little brother, who likes to lick people. The brother is played by Bobby Coleman who some might remember from his role in Martin Child, his performance in this was not as good and kind of out of place as he really doesn’t deliver much comedy. Though its starting to feel like I’m ripping the movie apart, I do think its a good film for its core audience, more or less it’s a tame mix of The Devil Wears Prada , Spanglish, and your typical best friend turned love interest movie.
Though this movie is not original in any way, it will be a nice escape for the family that just can’t go see the Basterds do their thing this weekend and has children that are too old for Shorts. It’s definitely a movie that will be forgettable after one viewing and most likely won’t litter your DVD collection but, in the genre of the tween chick flick, you could do worse.
I give Post Grad 2 “writer’s strike copy machines” out of 5
by Ryan Davis