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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    We are meant to think they are all delightfully and amusingly eccentric (characters). Actually, they're just creepy

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Post Grad is a collection of unfunny, insipid and predictable vignettes in search of a movie.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    An innocuous -- to the point of blandness -- look at the "hardships" of a recent college grad.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Dismayingly conservative dramedy.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It's a screwball comedy. It's also, I have to say, a feel-good movie that made me smile a lot.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The material may be formulaic, but the spirit of the piece is friendly.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Gilmore Girl stars in upbeat, teen-friendly comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this lighthearted Alexis Bledel comedy is on the milder side for a PG-13 -- expect some swearing (including a few "s--t"s and one "f--k") and some social drinking, making out, and discussion of an STD. But otherwise it's sweet, if formulaic. The story attempts to address some “serious” topics -- identity, the transition between college and “the real world” -- but it doesn’t get too deep. It has a feel-good message, though that message is ultimately a little muddled: Does the perfect boyfriend really trump real-life concerns like keeping a job you worked so hard to get?

  • Families can talk about the movie's final take-away. Which is ultimately more important to Ryden -- her job or "the guy"? Do you think she makes believable, relatable choices?
  • Are Ryden's expectations aboutpost-grad life realistic? Had she managed her expectations,would she have undergone less of a shock?
  • Why are more college grads moving in with their families after school?Is it harder to live on your own given today's financial realities? IsRyden's family a help or a hindrance to her?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: The movie's main message seems to be that love and family come first. That's admirable, but the ending somewhat undermines the idea of why it's important to do what you love, too, sort of suggesting that finally getting together with the right guy trumps everything else.

  • rolemodels true4

    Role models: Ryden may be a little unrealistic and overly ambitious, but she has a big heart and means to do the right thing most of the time. Everyone around her is generally quite kind, too; even her "frenemy" seems more misguided than anything else, though she does take swipes at Ryden when she can.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: A character runs over his neighbor’s cat, which, coincidentally, he despises. Some bickering.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Some making out, but nothing too explicit. Some discussion of herpes.

  • language false3

    Language: Swearing includes one "f--k," plus several uses of "s--t," as well as "ass," "crap," “son of a bitch," "damn," "goddamn," "hell," "oh God," and more.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking by characters who are of age.