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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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Walter Malby
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Grandma Maureen
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David Santiago
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Jessica Bard
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Barbara Snaff
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Roy Davies (as JK Simmons)
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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

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A Pre-Life Crisis. See more »

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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

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Amanda Bynes was originally set to star. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

David Santiago: [after Ryden's family walk in on David and Ryden about to have sex] Fuck me.
Grandma Maureen: Well, I would but somebody already beat me to it.
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References 21 Grams (2003) See more »

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Always Where I Need to Be
Written by Luke Pritchard
Performed by The Kooks
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Indie film with mainstream comedy vibes
21 August 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Now i'm not going to say this film was a classic or something you will want to watch over and over. What I can say about this film is that it was very surprising and offbeat despite the way the film was promoted.

Bandslam promoting take 2. Like the film Bandslam headlined by Disney stars, this film suffers from a lack of realistic advertising. Basically the film you think your going to see, you aren't. Bandslam was not a Disney film so much as a quirky teen comedy about diversity and the unification of those otherwise lone wolves for a greater cause.

Post Grad is essentially a film about a girl, Alexis Bledel, whose ideas of life post grad come crashing down around her when she realizes it isn't as she assumed it would be. Finding a job is much tougher then expected, and it doesn't help that she is unqualified, but over confident.

The film delves a little deeper with a lot of little subplots ranging from cute to over the top and strange, grandmother shopping for her own coffin.

The film was pretty offbeat and not as mainstream slapstick as it comes off in the trailers. It is a semi realistic film and Alexis does the best I have seen her do since Season one of Gilmore Girls. While she isn't Meryl Streep she plays the role of Ryden with great presence.

I thoroughly enjoyed the film and think that if it had better promoting and was targeted also at indie film fans, this film had the potential to be a hit.

Jane Lynch is also really great in the film, serving her character dutifully. Overall I was surprised and enjoyed the film, despite the negative reviews it has received.

This isn't a plant review FYI, check my posting history if you will, I saw the film, and enjoyed it. I would give it a chance. It's a fun light film, perfect to take your mind off the current state of economy and Swine Flu worries floating about.

A fun, fun film. Check it out!


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