“ Genre: Comedy / Suitable for 12 years and over / Director: Vicky Jenson / Actors: Alexis Bledel, Michael Keaton, Jane Lynch, Zach Gilford, Carol Burnett ... / DVD released 2010-07-05 at Twentieth Century Fox / Features of the DVD: PAL „
When I came across this whilst browsing online, it didn't strike me as my usual cuppa tea but I was in the mood for something a little lighter. I also thought it sounded quite relevant and it did prove easy enough to watch despite not being anything particularly memorable or unique.
Post Grad was directed Vicky Jenson, who has worked in various capacities on several films, including direction for Shrek, so she knows the film industry fairly well. We're introduced by Ryden Malby (Alexis Bledel from Gilmore Girls). Since high school she knew what she wanted to do and planned her career path to get a college scholarship, eventually becoming an English graduate. She has her sights on a position as an assistant editor for Happerman and Browning, a prestigious Los Angeles publisher, but it's a sought after role and there's competition. Jessica Bard, an uppity former classmate beats Ryden to it and takes satisfaction in Ryden's crushed dreams, at which point she resigns to returning home to her parents.
Whilst at home, her attempts to find a job leave her somewhat disheartened to say the least and the jump to moving back with her mum and dad, younger brother and grandmother doesn't come as a pleasant transition. She's supported throughout by Adam, her best friend. But, with her family steadily driving her crazy and her 'failure' to land a job let alone her dream job may be blinding her to what's right in front of her. You guessed it, plus it says it in the blurb anyway. Adam's moving away to attend law school in New York, and this sparks off a realisation or two for the young postgraduate.
I won't say any more but the film is quite straightforward and unfortunately, a lot is given away in the blurb on Amazon and the DVD box. I guess this is in part because there's really not that much to the premise, so it gives a good hint at the genre and what to expect. At first I would have said this was roughly a comedy with drama elements, but then a bit of a rom com too. I'm no big fan of rom coms (I tend to hate them) so I wasn't expecting to be dazzled by this.
The cast was relatively strong with other members including Michael Keaton (Walter Malby, Ryden's father), Jane Lynch (Carmella Malby, the mother), Catherine Reitman (Jessica Bard), Rodrigo Santoro (David Santiago) and Zach Gilford (Adam Davies) amongst others. Each made their roles, for the most part, interesting to watch and believable, though Bledel obviously stands out as the protagonist. I used to watch her in Gilmore Girls (although I hate girly shows & flicks, I still seem to watch 'em for some reason!) and I thought she came across well in this, lightening the mood and being easy enough to watch.
As I've said, the premise was nothing original or surprising, so it lacked a sense of tension or real desire to want to keep watching to find out what happens next. I liked being able to relate to Ryden's position somewhat, as many people will be able to that are recent graduates and struggling because of so much competition in the job market. It was interesting to see, but it was disappointing that the film still took a rather clichéd and predictable approach and direction. This wasn't helped by the script, which I felt was 'so-so'; this could have been tightened up to have been quicker, wittier and teamed with a more surprising plot to make it far more entertaining and engaging.
Overall, this wasn't one I remembered much about after watching and can't say I've thought about it much. It was easy enough to watch but it didn't provide many chuckles, nor did it add anything new to the comedy/romcom genres, so I wouldn't necessarily recommend it unless you want something pretty standard that requires no effort.
DVD released 2010, rated Certificate 12
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