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Post Grad is Bad Comedy

Published August 21, 2009 in Movie Reviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders
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Post Grad does not fit the Fox Atomic motif of no name actors doing bad comedy. They have A-list actors doing bad comedy. Weird. It’s not as bad as The Comebacks or Miss March but it is below average and completely forgettable.

Review: Post Grad

Ryden Malby (Alexis Bledel) tells us her big plans for a career after graduation with a perky, woo hoo webcam video. It doesn’t work out the way she expected so she ends up moving back home and ignoring the romantic overtures of her best friend (Zach Gilford).

Now, I know this world of trying to find a job after college. I tried my hand at entertainment journalism, which is crazy. This movie does not represent the humor in the job search. It was laughable what’s out there and what I didn’t get.

For humor, the film makes off-handed jokes about death, twice, plus more with grandma milking it further. The quirky dad (Michael Keaton) has big ideas that could not possibly work in any permutation of potential results. I mean, he is Griswold incompetent but more dangerous and criminal. He talks fast and makes faces, which you may find funny or you may not. Either way, it’s not about the post-grad job world.

Ryden actually should get something for her ambition. I mean, she buys an apartment before she even has the job or money to do so. According to The Secret, that should totally manifest the job for her. This movie is false for having anything happen to prevent it, but we see she blows it in the interview so it’s her fault. She tried to sell her personality instead of performance. You still have to actually be good at what you do, no matter how much you personally adore it.

She is adorable but you couldn’t make a smart kid any less substantive. She does pound the pavement, but she’s trite. What she needs is substance. None of her experiences in the film give her substance, and what kind of name is Ryden? Honestly.

It is true that people want kids to make too many decisions right away. It is admirable that she wants to work, not bum around. Good values don’t make entertainment though. Then the film sells out any work ethic it has because it’s a romantic comedy.

Hollywood loves to criticize career ambition, portraying successful people as empty whores who lack any meaningful relationships. I wonder what slackers are working 16 hour days on the set trying to climb their way into the director’s chair. Oh well, at least the film says you should move away from home. That may be the biggest key to opening up your world that most of today’s kids never experience.

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