Post Grad (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  21 August 2009 (USA)
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Ryden Malby graduates from college and is forced to move back into her childhood home with her eccentric family, while she attempts to find a job, the right guy, and just a hint of where her life is headed.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Davies
Walter Malby
Grandma Maureen
David Santiago
Jessica Bard
Barbara Snaff
Roy Davies (as JK Simmons)
Robert Arce ...
Woman at Graduation
Security Guard (as Oscar 'Big O' Dillon)


Ryden Malby has planned her academic life since she was in high school to get a college scholarship; now she has just graduated in English and in her master plan she expects to get a job as assistant editor in the publishing house Happerman & Browning, in Los Angeles. Her platonic best friend is Adam Davis, who has a crush on her and is frequently close to her. However, her arrogant classmate Jessica Bard gets the position and Ryden is forced to return home in the suburb to live with her family: her optimistic father Walter, who wants to do everything by himself; her careful mother Carmella who administrates the short resources of her family; her eccentric grandmother Maureen; and her weird little brother Hunter, who wants to race in a boxcar derby. Ryden unsuccessfully seeks a job and feels frustrated, but is emotionally supported by Adam. When Walter accidentally runs over the cat of his next-door neighbor David Santiago with Ryden's car, they visit him to give their sympathies. ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A Pre-Life Crisis. See more »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual situations and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 August 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Post Grad Survival Guide  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,651,996 (USA) (21 August 2009)


$6,373,693 (USA) (2 October 2009)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Carol Burnett played Jane Lynch's mother on Glee. See more »


At the graduation, all the graduation caps have the year '08 on them, but the banner behind the valedictorian reads 2009. See more »


David Santiago: What you do with your life is, really just one half of the equation. The other half, the more important half, really is, who you're with when you're doing it.
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What Happened to It
Written by Inara George and Greg Kurstin
Performed by The Bird and the Bee
Courtesy of The Blue Note Label Group
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Ghost of Rory Gilmore, Be Gone
7 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So does Alexis Bledel plan to build a movie career out of tracing the hypothetical life trajectory of the character she created on "Gilmore Girls?"

This is the second movie I've seen this year in which Bledel basically plays Rory Gilmore at the stage of her life she would generally be in if "Gilmore Girls" was still on the air. In this movie, she's a perky go-getter who's aghast when she finds out that the world will not necessarily adapt itself to her designs and whims, until...guess does and she gets everything she wanted anyway.

This movie is harmless enough, but the only thing that makes it more worth your time than something from the straight-to-DVD bargain bin in the supermarket (or maybe this WAS one of those films) is a crazy and admittedly pretty funny performance from Michael Keaton as Bledel's doofus father.

Grade: B-

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