2009 Certificate: 12


Gilmore girls star Alexis Bledel plays an ambitious student whose job-hunting attempts falter... and she finds herself back home living with her eccentric family. Michael Keaton plays her hare-brained dad while Jane Lynch is the harassed mum hoping to keep it all together. Teen comedy from Shrek director Vicky Jenson.


  • Vicky Jenson


  • Alexis Bledel

  • Zach Gilford

  • Michael Keaton

  • Jane Lynch


This lame family-centric comedy desperately wants to be Little Miss Sunshine but ends up - by virtue of the bizarre cast of unfunny characters - like Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Alexis Bledel plays Ryden Malby, a bubbly college graduate convinced that her career path is mapped out... only she doesn't get the publishing job she thought was in the bag.

Instead, she finds herself having to swallow her pride and move back home...back into the bosom of her annoyingly dysfunctional family.

There's dad (Keaton), a DIY obsessive who appears to be going through a mid-life crisis, while the normally faultless Jane Lynch is saddled with the role of mom, a capable matriarch fighting against a tide of uselessness.

Carol Burnett plays the death-fixated mother-in-law while Ryden's little brother is not funny just weird. Bledel simpers on the periphery as the familial in-fighting rages.

You'd have thought with a cast containing Keaton and Lynch as well as JK Simmons this might have something to offer but no, it's a self-satisfied mess which doesn't work either as a drama or a comedy.

Characters, including Rodrigo Santoro's Brazilian hunk or Catherine Reitman's bitchy rival, drift in and out of the proceedings offering nothing more than work for the wardrobe department.

You suspect Bledel could be capable of better things...but this is definitely not the direction to take.