Alexis Bledel (from “Gilmore Girls”) plays Ryden, the fresh college graduate who just can’t wait to start setting the corporate world on fire. But, alas, she finds that the world is unimpressed. She doesn’t land her dream job. Instead of moving into the cool new urban loft she’d gleefully picked out, she has to move back in with her parents (and her goofy little brother).
Her long-time boy-pal from college, Adam, played by Zach Gilford of “Friday Night Lights,” patiently waits for her to reciprocate his affection. But she’s too preoccupied. Frustrated by her fruitless job search, she accepts “temporary” employment at her Dad’s store, wearing a degrading porter’s outfit and trying to sell ordinary luggage. Her Dad (Michael Keaton), trying to get ahead, buys some customized belt buckles from a slick-talking entrepreneur he intends to sell at a profit. He can’t believe it when he finds out they are “hot,” and he was duped, until the real owner comes with the police to arrest him for transporting stolen property.
Ryden’s caustic grandmother (Carol Burnett) provides some wise-cracking comic relief, and Ryden thinks she might be falling for David, the exotic Brazilian film director next door, who actually offers her a temp job on his set. But filming commercials turns out to be not very exotic, and we all know how this is going to turn out — she comes to her senses and realizes that good ol’ Zach is really the one for her, except now he’s moved across the country to go to law school.
Ah, the course of true love. What’s endearing about “Post Grad,” in an era where rom-coms have become raunchy and cynical, is how hopeful and innocent it is. It even features a functioning, though stressed, nuclear family, a valuable emotional support the whole family draws joy from and contributes to. What a concept.
Ronald P. Salfen is pastor of Grace Church in Greenville, Texas.