Post Grad

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -1 1/2

Main actors and director: Alexis Bledel, Zach Gilford, Michael Keaton, Jane Lynch, Carol Burnett; directed by Vicky Jenson

FILM SYNOPSIS: With high hopes and great expectations, Ryden Malby (Alexis Bledel) has just graduated from UCLA. Sure that she has landed a job with a major Los Angeles publishing company, she takes her best friend Adam (Zach Gilford) to see the spectacular apartment she has rented. That employment opportunity and countless others donít materialize as Ryden faces the real world. She has no choice but to move back home with her bizarre family: parents Walter and Carmella (Michael Keaton and Jane Lynch), little brother Hunter (Bobby Coleman) and her colorful Grandma Maureen (Carol Burnett).

The plot really takes a back seat to the shenanigans of the goofy Malby family. Dad tries to create a belt buckle business for Ryden and is arrested for selling stolen goods. Grandma Maureen goes shopping for a coffin from a salesman who obviously once sold used cars. Young Hunterís teacher complains that he licks little girlsí heads. Thereís much more, but you get the picture. Mom and Ryden have to deal with their familyís eccentricities, but none of that discourages Adam from trying to win Rydenís heart. If you want to put your brain on cruise control for about 90 minutes, Post Grad is worth the price of admission. Its biggest audience will be teenage fans of Alexis Bledel from TVís Gilmore Girls.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Both Ryden and Adam are wholesome, conscientious young adults, even though both have less than ideal families. Ryden canít see Adam as anything more than a friend and becomes infatuated with handsome Brazilian neighbor David Santiago (Rodrigo Santoro), who is several years older and much more worldly than Adam. He is on the verge of seducing her when Rydenís family bursts into the house. Walter has a father-daughter discussion with Ryden on birth control, assuming she is having sex. One brief crude scene shows Adamís father (J. K. Simmons), a widower, and an employee wrestling suggestively and giggling. There are enough crude and obscene words, plus some strong profanity to earn Post Grad a PG-13 rating.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Fox Searchlight

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Crude Language: Few slang words for sex used as exclamations

Obscene Language: Many s-words but no f-words

Profanity: Some strong (G-d) and several OMGís

Violence: None

Sex: all, dark and handsome neighbor invites young woman into his home, intemptng to seduce her but interrupted; middle-aged man and employee shown in crude position fully clothed; father talks to daughter about safe sex rather than abstinence

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: Themes that if youíre looking for love, start with friendship; a quirky family can be a loving family

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Teenagers

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