Post Grad

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Post Grad
Promotional film poster
Directed byVicky Jenson
Written byKelly Fremon
Produced byIvan Reitman
Joe Medjuck
Jeffrey Clifford
StarringAlexis Bledel
Zach Gilford
Rodrigo Santoro
Jane Lynch
Carol Burnett
Michael Keaton
CinematographyCharles Minsky
Edited byDana Congdon
Music byChristophe Beck
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • August 21, 2009 (2009-08-21)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$15 million[citation needed]
Box office$6,414,729[2]

Post Grad is a 2009 American romantic comedy film directed by Vicky Jenson and starring Alexis Bledel,[3] about a recent college graduate who moves back in with her family while she figures out what she wants to do next.

Originally under the working titles of Ticket to Ride and then The Post-Grad Survival Guide,[4][5] the film was released on August 21, 2009.[6]


Ryden Malby (Bledel) graduates from college in the middle of the late-2000s recession and is forced to move back in with her parents, because her dream job has been given to her arrogant college bestie Jessica Bard (Catherine Reitman).

Ryden and her best friend Adam (Zach Gilford), who has had a longtime crush on her, must find a job for Ryden before she loses hope for her future dream as an editor of a big publishing company, but her ambitions for getting a job blinded her from noticing that Adam was giving up going to New York in hopes that one day she will feel about him the same way he does for her.

After a while, Adam gives up and goes to Columbia and Ryden gets her dream job, but realizes she isn't really happy and quits her job to go and live with Adam. They end up dating and having kids together.



Amanda Bynes was originally set to star, but dropped and was replaced by Alexis Bledel.[7]


Post Grad was panned by film critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 8% based on 100 reviews. The site's consensus states: "A lightweight, unambitious comedy, Post Grad features fine actors that can do little with its middling, uninspiring script."[8] On Metacritic it has a score of 35 out of 100, based on 25 reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[9] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade B on scale of A to F.[10]

Peter Debruge of Variety magazine wrote: "As fiction characters go, Ryden seems as dull as they come, making it hard to muster much sympathy for her plight".[11]

Roger Ebert gave the film three out of four stars, stating, "If you're cynical or jaded, it might not get past you. But here is the first movie in a long time that had me actually admitting I wouldn't mind seeing a sequel."[12]

Box office[edit]

During opening weekend, the film opened at #11, grossing $2,651,996.[2]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD and Blu-Ray on November 24, 2009.


  1. ^ "Executive Suite: Tom Pollock and Ivan Reitman". The Hollywood Reporter. 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  2. ^ a b Post Grad at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ "Post Grad". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "Alexis Bledel Gets Not Only a Lover, but Mr. Mom and Carol Burnett Too!". Cinematical. December 8, 2007. Retrieved 2009-05-31.
  5. ^ Parsons, Ryan (November 12, 2007). "Alexis Bledel Has a Ticket to Ride". CanMag. Retrieved 2009-05-31.
  6. ^ "The Post Grad Survival Guide". Film Releases. Retrieved 2009-05-31.
  7. ^ Kellet, Christine. "Actress announces retirement on Twitter", The Sydney Morning Herald, June 21, 2010
  8. ^ Post Grad at Rotten Tomatoes
  9. ^ Post Grad at Metacritic Edit this at Wikidata
  10. ^ "Cinemascore". Archived from the original on 2018-12-20. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  11. ^ Debruge, Peter (August 19, 2009). "Post Grad". Variety.
  12. ^ Ebert, Roger (August 19, 2009). "Post Grad". Chicago Sun-Times.

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