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Issue: Summer 2010

Post Grad (2009) movie review

Ryden Malby Has Left the College


Ryden Malby (Gilmore Girls'Alexis Bledel) has her life all planned out -- study hard, go to college, study hard, go for a job interview with the top publishing house in L.A. and have a successful life.

Unfortunately, the publishing house is not on board with this plan and Ryden is shocked to discover that she must navigate the shoals of job hunting with the rest of us, and not necessarily do as well as quickly as her classmates.

Post Grad is one of those movies that one wonders if it is meant to be a comedy. Well-known comedians Michael Keaton and Carol Burnett certainly play their parts as if for laughs, although their behaviours and results are silly and somewhat sad rather than heart-warming and humorous.

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Movie poster, Post Grad
Now What?

Whatever it is, Post Grad scurries along as Ryden feels increasingly sorry for herself, out in the big bad world, going for job interviews on her little pink bike. Unfortunately for the film-makers, Ryden was such a targetted know-it-all in the opening narration that the audience is glad to see her taken down a peg or two.

Post Grad is about getting a dose or real life. Whether you are going to find that entertaining or not probably depends on how keen you, the audience member feel about real life yourself. Certainly this is not a film that's going to warrant a second look. Seriously 'C' movie.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 1 Jan 2010
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Title: Post Grad (2009)
Written by:Kelly Fremon
Directed by: Vicki Jenson
Running time: 88 mins

The Players: Alexis Bledel, Michael Keaton, Carol Burnett, Jane Lynch

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