Following his own template right down to the JK Simmons cameo, Juno producer Ivan Reitman professionally mounts another bittersweet story of girlie angst with Post Grad, with would-be career girl Ryden Malby (Gilmour Girls star Alexis Bledel) suffering from post-graduation blues.
Denied the LA publishing job she covets, Ryden reluctantly returns to her middle American family home eccentrically peopled by parents (Michael Keaton and Jane Lynch), grandma (Carol Burnett) and cheeky little brother Hunter (Bobby Coleman). While Ryden struggles between part time jobs, she’s also romantically snared between slick neighbour David Santiago (Rodrigo Santoro) and love-struck singer/songwriter Adam (Zack Davies).
Director Vicky Jenson’s career goes right back to being a storyboard artist on John Hughes’ She’s Having A Baby in 1988, and working with first time writer Kelly Fremon, Post Grad occasionally hits the sweet-spot of Hughes’s genre-classic Pretty in Pink, with Bledel evoking the wide-eyed spirit of Zooey Deschanel in the tonally similar (500) Days of Summer.
Any comedy-drama which reaches a peak as our heroine cheers on her little brother in a box-car race inevitably plays somewhat thinly, but even if Post Grad doesn’t quite wobble the comedic jelly mould (à la Juno), Jenson’s small-but-perfectly-formed trifle will do nicely until the next big thing comes along.
General release from Fri 1 Jan.