Post Grad

Synopsis: Ryden Malby has planned her academic life since she was in high school to get a college scholarship; now she has just graduated in English and in her master plan she expects to get a job as assistant editor in the publishing house Happerman & Browning, in Los Angeles. Her platonic best friend is Adam Davis, who has a crush on her and is frequently close to her. However, her arrogant classmate Jessica Bard gets the position and Ryden is forced to return home in the suburb to live with her family: her optimistic father Walter, who wants to do everything by himself; her careful mother Carmella who administrates the short resources of her family; her eccentric grandmother Maureen; and her weird little brother Hunter, who wants to race in a boxcar derby. Ryden unsuccessfully seeks a job and feels frustrated, but is emotionally supported by Adam. When Walter accidentally runs over the cat of his next-door neighbor David Santiago with Ryden's car, they visit him to give their sympathies. Ryde
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Vicky Jenson
Production: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

Hey! It's me again.

This is a very special day.

This is day 756...

of my college experience...

otherwise known as... graduation day!

Whoo! Ah!

Wait for it.

I got the whole outfit. Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm. Hmm.

I have been planning

for this day for my entire life.

- Um, when I was a kid, I devised

this plan... -

that I cleverly called "The Plan."

Uh, " Dad can't make it to graduation today.

Big shocker.

Can I join you guys for lunch?"


This is great, because nobody

runs parental interference quite like Adam.

We've been best friends since freshman year.

# This is Ryden's study song #

# I worked on it so damn long #

# It's to give encouragement #

# For your big test today #

Anyway, the plan is pretty straightforward.

One, kick ass in high school...

so that I can get...

two... a fatty scholarship.

Three, limit my beer pong enough...

to keep said scholarship,

which I did, and...


Hi, Ryden. Jessica Bard here.

Just wanted to clean the slate.

I'm sorry I nabbed valedictorian...

but you have to believe

I will do an excellent job.

Jessica Bard... my own personal Darth Vader

since the third grade.

Back to the master plan.

Number four. Most importantly...

land a sweet job at the finest

publishing house in all of L. A...

Happerman & Browning,

where I will no doubt...

discover the next great American novel.

All right.

So that's the plan. This is it.

Malby signing off, about to embark on

the first day of the rest of my life.

And, hey,

if you're at graduation, come say hi.

I'll be the one in black. Bye!

# You stumble down a yellow brick road #

# Spinning your shoes in the air#

# The air#

# Then you hold your breath

and count to nine #

# Hoping that soon

somebody will find you #

# Find you #

# Go on, go on, go on #

# The stars are watching #

# Just say, just say, just say #

# What you're feeling #

# You know, you know, you know #

# You gotta take a bow

and do it your way #

# It's okay-ay #

# La-dada, da-dada, da-dada #

# It's okay-ay #

- # La-dada, da-dada, da-dada ##

- Please welcome your class valedictorian...

Jessica Bard, with

tonight's keynote address.

All right, Jessica!

Rock on, Jessie!

Class of 2009, it is my great honor...

to welcome you to this evening's

graduation ceremony.

I stand before you with two age-old words:

Carpe diem.

When we walk out these doors...

I challenge each of us

to not only seize the day...

but to clutch it with both hands.

- You go first.

- To squeeze it...

- Shh!

- with all your strength.

And drain every last...

- living, breathing...

- Could you move down a little?

victorious moment out of it.

Like when a Trojan decides... plunge his blade into the beating

heart ofhis enemy. -

He realizes it's not for

his own personal glory.

- He does it for the better good of the

community as a whole. -

- We must remember that our

generation is smarter... -

...stronger and better equipped than those that

came before us. - Ma'am! Could you keep it down?

- And now...

- I'm dying.

it is our responsibility...

to forge ahead and stake

our rightful claim at the top.

- You know what? This calls for a toast.

- Mm-hmm.

- What do you say, huh? Glasses up.

- Hear, hear. Yes.

- To Ryden.

- To Ryden.

- To Ryden.

- Who I'm very proud of.

Mmm. And to Adam.

The A-Man, who's here because we like him.

He's also here because

his dad was too busy to come...

and, uh, his mom couldn't

come because, um...

'cause she's dead and...

- Hear, hear.

- Cheers.

- Yeah.

- To your dead mother.

- Hmm. Cheers.

- Cheers.

Anyway, honey, now that you're

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Kelly Fremon Craig

Kelly Fremon Craig is an American screenwriter, producer, and film director. She is known for directing, writing, and co-producing the 2016 coming-of-age comedy-drama The Edge of Seventeen. more…

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