Four critically acclaimed movies come out on DVD today, all of which are required viewing. The remainder... not so much. .
Aww, why am I picking on little Post-Grad? This modest movie starring Rory Gilmore and Matt Saracen is completely minding its own business and is totally harmless, but still -- I keep seeing the commercials for it, and I can't helped but be irked by all the things whoever made Post-Grad (the person who directed Shark Tale? And the person who wrote a thing Demi Moore directed?) lifted from Reality Bites.
I wound up at Post-Grad this weekend, mostly because I was with a girly friend and Julie & Julia was sold out and I couldn't even imagine seeing The Time Traveler's Wife. And you know what? It was worse than just a Reality Bites redo that Mindy speculated about (which it certainly bears a strong resemblance to). I thought the adorable charm of Zach Gilford and my warm feelings about Gilmore Girls would make it a tolerable experience, but alas, that was not the case. Here are the reasons that I would rather sit through The Ugly Truth every time I take a plane than to have to watch this ever again. Fair warning, there may be things that could be considered spoilers, if you actually care.
It happens all the time: we grow to adore a talented young actor over the course of a beloved series and then when it ends, their career quickly takes a turn for the depressing with bad project choices -- not to mention the insurmountable competition of young Hollywood -- relegating our formerly emerging star to crappy, clichéd, stupid and/or direct-to-DVD credit after credit after credit. This is most famously exemplified in Kristen Bell, and now it's sadly becoming true of Alexis Bledel.