On paper, the career comedy Post Grad seems to have a lot going for it. Director Vicky Jenson's worked mostly in animation, but that includes directing the first Shrek. Star Alexis Bledel is already big with fans of The Gilmore Girls and traveling pants, and the supporting cast includes Michael Keaton, Jane Lynch and Carol Burnett.

On paper, the career comedy Post Grad seems to have a lot going for it.

Director Vicky Jenson's worked mostly in animation, but that includes directing the first Shrek. Star Alexis Bledel is already big with fans of The Gilmore Girls and traveling pants, and the supporting cast includes Michael Keaton, Jane Lynch and Carol Burnett.

But of course, resumes can be deceiving.

Bledel is Ryden Malby, a recent college grad with a life plan to go from honor student directly to a dream job at an L.A. publishing house.

The harsher side of the job market hits her square-on when the job goes to Ryden's longtime rival, then she's forced to move back in with her family: dad Keaton, mom Lynch and grandmother Burnett, who are quirky and embarrassing and not at all the types to have named a daughter "Ryden."

Post Grad starts out with some promise. It has solid acting talent on its side and it makes good use of sight gags involving a broken coffin and Grandma's unique homemade pill dispenser. First-time screenwriter Kelly Fremon is also capable of some witty exchanges, but her ideas on story and character development are straight out of sitcoms.

The running conflict between Ryden and her best friend Adam (Zach Gilford), who wants more from the relationship, is way too tired.

Other seemingly important plot developments, from Ryden's interest in the Latin lover across the street to a looming felony charge against one of the family members, are forgotten as quickly as they come up.

Yet as the movie unravels, at least one thing remains consistent: maybe the most ridiculously blatant example of product placement ever written into a screenplay. If only this movie, like the problems of the people in it, could be fixed with a tasty frozen dessert.