Post Grad

  • Review Date: August 21, 2009
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 89 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Gilmore Girl stars in upbeat, teen-friendly comedy.
  • Review Date: August 21, 2009
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 89 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The movie's main message seems to be that love and family come first. That's admirable, but the ending somewhat undermines the idea of why it's important to do what you love, too, sort of suggesting that finally getting together with the right guy trumps everything else.

Positive role models

Ryden may be a little unrealistic and overly ambitious, but she has a big heart and means to do the right thing most of the time. Everyone around her is generally quite kind, too; even her "frenemy" seems more misguided than anything else, though she does take swipes at Ryden when she can.

Violence

A character runs over his neighbor’s cat, which, coincidentally, he despises. Some bickering.

Sex

Some making out, but nothing too explicit. Some discussion of herpes.

Language

Swearing includes one "f--k," plus several uses of "s--t," as well as "ass," "crap," “son of a bitch," "damn," "goddamn," "hell," "oh God," and more.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking by characters who are of age.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this lighthearted Alexis Bledel comedy is on the milder side for a PG-13 -- expect some swearing (including a few "s--t"s and one "f--k") and some social drinking, making out, and discussion of an STD. But otherwise it's sweet, if formulaic. The story attempts to address some “serious” topics -- identity, the transition between college and “the real world” -- but it doesn’t get too deep. It has a feel-good message, though that message is ultimately a little muddled: Does the perfect boyfriend really trump real-life concerns like keeping a job you worked so hard to get?

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Ryden Malby (Alexis Bledel) has always had a plan: Do well in school, get into the right college, nab a scholarship, graduate with honors, and get a plum job at the biggest publishing house in Los Angeles. But her dreams are no match for reality, which turns out to be a lot less glamorous. That perfect post-grad job? It went to someone else (her "frenemy," of all people). That apartment down the road from the glitzy office? No go, since she’s still unemployed. So she heads home to her parents’ ranch house in the Valley, where her dying (though still feisty) grandmother (Carol Burnett) wreaks havoc, as does the rest of her wacky family. Ryden starts losing faith in her dreams, but childhood friend Adam (Zach Gilford) is dependably supportive. But could hunky neighbor (Rodrigo Santoro) drive Adam away for good?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

You can sense Bledel straining against the band of those well-worn traveling pants. Here she plays older and (slightly) sexier, if not necessarily wiser. But Ryden is cut from the same cloth as other characters she's played before. Not to say that her performance (or the movie) isn't any good, though. In fact, as Ryden, Bledel is her usual sweet and charming self. It’s just not, well, very substantive.

Still, who cares about substance when the movie’s so much fun? Bledel and Gilford have a flirty but understated chemistry, and the plot, though predictable, nevertheless unfolds pleasantly. What elevates the film from the usual romcom is the rest of the cast -- specifically Burnett, who reminds us quickly why she’s an icon with her perfect delivery, and the uproarious coupling of Michael Keaton and Jane Lynch as Ryden’s parents.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's final take-away. Which is ultimately more important to Ryden -- her job or "the guy"? Do you think she makes believable, relatable choices?

  • Are Ryden's expectations about

  • post-grad life realistic? Had she managed her expectations,

  • would she have undergone less of a shock?

  • Why are more college grads moving in with their families after school?

  • Is it harder to live on your own given today's financial realities? Is

  • Ryden's family a help or a hindrance to her?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 21, 2009
DVD release date:January 12, 2010
Cast:Alexis Bledel, Michael Keaton, Zach Gilford
Director:Vicky Jenson
Studio:Fox Searchlight
Genre:Comedy
Run time:89 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexual situations and brief strong language

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Kid, 11 years old September 20, 2009
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12
QUALITY
 

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Loved the Movie a lot. Although i should have seen it when i was twelve, the worst thing for kids there was the aggressive kissing followed by his and her shirt coming off and all the girl has left is her bra. It is not as bad as it sounds, but it's overall very funny
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bySGF1 October 9, 2009
AGE
16
QUALITY
 

BAD!!!

A lot of sex. Over all, just a bad movie about an oversexed teen-ager.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 15 years old Written bybananalover March 6, 2011
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

upbeat comedy...

i loved this movie!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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