Movie Review: Post Grad = Post Blah!
We all saw little Alexis Bledel go through high school growing pains on Gilmore Girls (although she was actually 19 at the start and maybe that accounted for her large vocabulary) and now we get to see her after college! Oh wait…I forgot that this movie DIDN’T feature Rory Gilmore, but Ryden Malby, someone just like Rory but without the great dialogue. I actually like Alexis Bledel, I’m just getting sick of her playing the same character over and over again, and while it’s true that no one does adorably confused and indecisive like Alexis, it’s starting to get on my nerves.
I had high hopes for this fluffy bit of film after seeing the supporting cast line up; Carol Burnett, Michael Keaton and Jane Lynch…these are funny people! Unfortunately, even their talents (and several hilarious moments) could not ultimately turn this straw into cinematic gold. Now don’t get me wrong, there are some really amusing moments in Post Grad, Carol Burnett especially stole whatever scene she was in, but then again I’ve always suspected that she was just born with comedic timing and the ability to render people into hysterics with a single glance. At Ryden’s graduation, when asked to keep it down (after dragging her oxygen tank across the laps of several other families and noisily opening a bag of cheetos) she replied without missing a beat, “I’m drying”. No one does dry comedic wit like the incomparable Ms. Burnett and I am now pledging my commitment to the “More Carol Burnett in Hollywood Films Campaign” and asking for your support. Michael Keaton was a little disappointing in his role as Ryden’s father, I never completely bought his performance as the “kooky but loveable ” dad type. Although the scene in the backyard involving a dead cat, a pizza box for a coffin and the Cats anthem “Memory” is Keaton at his best.
Post Grad never seemed quite able to make up it’s mind as to what sort of movie it wanted to be; the eccentric family, mixed with the driven but out of her element young heroine, combined with the unrequited best friend love (think Little Miss Sunshine + Devil Wears Prada + Pretty in Pink) just didn’t completely jive. And truth be told, I would have rather just seen a movie about the eccentric family (Meet the Malbys anyone?) with the kinda boring daughter left out of it. The part that really irritated me was the clichéd situation that ladies often find themselves faced with in studio films, boy vs. career. I hate the idea that girls have to choose one or the other and I’m frankly sick of seeing it on screen. When was the last time you saw a male lead stuck with that choice? Riddle me that!
So my final say on the matter? This movie ultimately didn’t convince me. Even with the great supporting cast of truly hilarious folks, I never felt that moment of pure empathy for the characters, and in a romantic comedy, that ain’t good. As my own kooky but lovable dad would say, close but no cigar Post Grad.
Frothygirlz rating: 5/10