Ryden Malby (Bledel) has just graduated from college and is job hunting. She has an interview for her dream job lined up and a dream apartment only a block away. Life it seems is sorted. Unfortunately, things don’t go according to plan and she is forced to move back home to her eccentric family whilst looking for a job and what to do next.
Anyone who is a graduate that hasn’t found a job straight away can sympathise, particularly in our current economic downturn.
Postgrad is a good idea on paper but despite a great cast, it is poorly executed, with random subplots, a stupid ending and one which is predictable before the movie even starts. Zach Gilford plays Adam Davies, the suitable best friend who harbours deep seated feelings for her.
I have to say I was looking forward to this, namely because of Alexis Bledel, but I was sorely disappointed. It is most definitely not worth the price of admission – maybe a dvd rental if you want to just watch something cutesy. I can’t believe that this got Ivan Reitman’s seal of approval as a producer – this is the same guy who gave us the iconic Ghostbusters. This is also the guy whose talented offspring Jason has been at the helm of 3 delightfully edgy films Thank You For Smoking, Juno and more recently Up In The Air. Maybe Ivan was simply helping out his daughter who plays Ryden’s arch-nemesis Jessica Bard.
Of course this film is not nearly as bad as other Hollywood offerings we’ve had in 2009! Apart from a very beautiful lead – can you believe Alexis is nearly 30? She is like a modern day Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid I,II & III). He still looks almost exactly the same as he did in the franchise. He was actually 23 in the first one and married by the second. And now at 48 is the current love interest of Hilda Suarez in Ugly Betty and doesn’t look like he’s changed much.
But I’ve gone a bit off tangent there, back to Postgrad, the soundtrack is another little delight from this film! It’s great to see the talented and underrated Erin McCarley and Lucy Schwartz getting more exposure as well as discovering Yael Naim who gave us the very catchy enjoyable ‘New Soul’ in the Apple Mac ads. I also liked the intro of the movie – a homage to our current internet obsessed society.
The overall message of the movie is that having the dream job isn’t enough and our family, our love life and other things all play an important role, no matter how dysfunctional, which is a great message. But then almost simultaneously it gives off another message which did annoy me particularly with the ending. Things do finally into place for her and she gives it all up after an eskimo pie, box car derby, hot neighbour one liner-induced epiphany! Seriously??
If you’re looking for a movie that is easy on engaging your brain, clichéd with a cute storyline and funny crazy family then this is it! If you’re looking for something more – stay away I tell ya!