Review by Jack Foley
THE live feature film debut of Shrek co-director Vicky Jenson displays plenty of ambition but very little appeal in spite of the best efforts of its game cast.
Post Grad attempts to combine elements of teen romance, dysfunctional family comedy and unemployment drama but is badly let down by a clumsy screenplay and the predictable nature of its outcome.
When aspiring book editor Ryden Malby (Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel) graduates with high hopes of a career in publishing, she quickly finds her impeccably pre-planned life beginning to unravel.
Forced to move back in with her oddball family, she sets about re-adjusting her expectations while overlooking the romantic overtures being made by best friend Adam (Friday Night Lights‘ Zach Gilford).
While certainly starting from an intriguing – and timely – perspective Post Grad quickly proves itself to be woefully out of touch with reality.
It aims for kooky, offbeat charm but hits several dud notes with its humour, especially when trying to make light of joblessness and death.
The characters, too, are more annoying than charming, with Michael Keaton’s dad a particularly painful disappointment to watch, and Rodrigo Santoro’s neighbour an obvious and poorly developed romantic foil.
Bledel has charm but struggles to really breathe life into her one dimensional – and often selfish – character, while Gilford’s appealing Adam also suffers from bland predictability – he’s just tooooo nice.
And further support from Jane Lynch, JK Simmons and Carol Burnett also fails to capitalise on the potential offered by their undoubted ability.
Post Grad is therefore a disappointing coming-of-age comedy that sets out to be a little different thematically, but lacks the courage of its convictions to escape from formula. It fails to make the garde.
Running time: 90mins
UK DVD Release: July 5, 2010