Archive for June 13, 2010

Post Grad

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews, Romantic with tags , , , , , on June 13, 2010 by Mystery Man


Ryden Malby (Alexis Bledel) graduates from college in the middle of the late-2000s recession and is forced to move back in with her parents, because her dream job has been given to her college nemesis Jessica Bard. Ryden and her best friend Adam (Zach Gilford) must find a job for Ryden before she loses hope for her future dream as an editor of a big publishing company. But will sudden feelings for her long time friend interfere with her dreams?


Life after college can be a real wake up call, especially when you meet up with some of your friends and realize that they have fabulous lives and your is…well, it sucks. That is pretty much what you get in Post Grad.

That’s a nice little story, right? Here’s the problem, that is only the basic part of this film. It twists and turns into each and every nook and cranny they can find, except furthering the basic plot. It is for that reason that this film doesn’t work. On top fo that, there is supposed to be some comedy here, and except for performances from Michael Keaton and an eerily nice Jane Lynch, this thing might as well have been a drama.

Alexis Bledel is a gorgeous girl, and fits the role of a just graduated college grad, but this was not for her. If this was supposed to be the role that launched her into superstardom, she took a step back with it. I read that this was originally written for Amanda Bynes. I can see her in this role, and with her natural comic talent, it would have worked much better. I guess what I’m saying is that this would have been a much better film without Bledel.

Zach Gilford isn’t really given much to do here. His character is similar to his Friday Night Lights role…the whole laid-back guy persona, and all. However, there is a bit of frustration for being the best friend of a hot girl who harbored platonic feelings. You feel sorry for the guy and wish he would move on, but at the same time you’re pulling for the two of them to get together. Gilford has a future if he can keep pulling off performances like this, as he was 100% believable. One has to wonder if he has encountered a situation like this in real life, or if he is that good of an actor.

Michael Keaton and Jane Lynch, as I mention before, along with Carol Burnett are the comic relief. This is Keaton’s funniest role since the late-80s. Hopefully, this is a sign that the guy is back. I mentioned before that Lynch is eerily nice. After spending the last year watching her on Glee, it is kind of odd to see her be nice. Carol Burnett is a true icon, though with the dark red hair, she sort of looks like Mary Tyler Moore. I’m not exactly sure what the point of having a grandma here was, but when you have a chance to cast Burnett, you take it.

The random hot guy…there has to be one..played by Rodrigo Santoro is some more of this weird casting that went on with this herky jerky film. There isn’t anything wrong with his performance, but his character seems to exist only as a way to create some sort of conflict with Bledel and Gilford that eventually leads up to the sappy ending.

So, this is a decent picture, but not one that I would recommend to anyone, except for people about to graduate college. There is the whole thing about what life after graduation would be like that is actually worth watching. Keaton, Lynch, Gilford, and Burnett’s performances are also not to be missed, but, that’s pretty much it. This is a very thin film that really isn’t worth the time. It would be better watched on TV than wasting a rental spot. Sure, they’ll edit it, but , trust me, that may actually improve it.

3 out of 5 stars