Post Grad

Post Grad

3.8 6
Director: Vicky Jenson

Cast: Alexis Bledel, Michael Keaton

     
 

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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 lifeSee more details below

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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.

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In today's world of recession, stimulus packages, and layoffs, it seems only fitting that a film should attempt to explore the notion that a college degree no longer guarantees a place in the job market. This holds true in Post Grad, a romantic comedy of sorts that appeals not only to the Facebook generation, but to the hopelessly unemployed. Alexis Bledel stars as Ryden Malby, a tenacious recent college graduate whose life is essentially planned out: do well in high school, get a scholarship, graduate from university, and land a position at Los Angeles' top publishing company, Happerman & Browning, where she plans to discover the next Great American Novel. One day, Ryden arrives at said dream job for an interview, along with a gaggle of fresh-faced applicants, only to have her idealistic hopes of success shattered by an overly ambitious valedictorian rival, who snags the coveted position. Defeated, Ryden is forced to move back to her childhood home to live with her eccentric family. After a series of missteps including a sales assistant job at the Luggage Shack and working as a production assistant for David Santiago (Rodrigo Santoro) -- infomercial director by day, steamy next-door neighbor by night -- Ryden finally gets the big break she's been waiting for. Things get complicated, however, when hopelessly devoted BFF Adam's (Zach Gilford) acceptance into Columbia Law School sends him clear across the country, which leads Ryden to ponder whether it's possible to be happy with only a job to keep her warm at night. Post Grad seems to teeter between a twentysomething romantic comedy and a dysfunctional family film in the vein of Little Miss Sunshine, but never really finds a balance between the two. Bledel is convincingly adorable in her failed attempts at securing employment, but her character comes across as just plain boring, which makes it difficult to muster sympathy for her plight. It's unfortunate that director Vicky Jenson and screenwriter Kelly Fremon shy away from creating a meaningful story arc that explores the irony of being over-educated and under-employed, and instead opt for a bland mixture of cheesy romance and wacky family fun time. Still, the film boasts a veteran cast of supporting actors including Michael Keaton as the free-spirited, get-rich-quick scheming father and Carol Burnett as the quirky, death-obsessed grandmother, who, oddly enough, keeps a prescription-drug display case on the kitchen counter. They keep the film interesting, but alas, with a formulaic plot and uninspiring dialogue, not even Mr. Mom can help the film stay afloat.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/12/2010
UPC:
0024543626633
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
65,739

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Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
Vicky Jenson Director
Christophe Beck Score Composer
Ali Bell Associate Producer
Jason Blumenfeld Asst. Director
Jeffrey Clifford Producer
Jeff Clifford Producer
Joanna Colbert Casting
Dana Congdon Editor
Kelly Fremon Screenwriter
Patrick Houlihan Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Hutman Production Designer
Steven R. McGlothen Co-producer
Joe Medjuck Producer
Richard Mento Casting
Charles Minsky Cinematographer
Tom Pollock Executive Producer
Ivan Reitman Producer
Richard Reynolds Set Decoration/Design
Michael Rizzo Art Director
Alexandra Welker Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Deleted and alternate scenes; Music video: "one day" by Jack Savoretti; Post grad survival guide:; Real life advice with Alexis Bledel & Zach Gilford; Know your strengths: career advice; How not to get a job; A Guide to moving back home; Dress for success; Find your match! the best job for you; What not to wear; Post grad confidential

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