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Get a Job - OK, Dad! Gosh!

Matthew Parkinson | 27 Mar 2016 12:00
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Ultimately a dud, but a fascinating dud that did have a few worthwhile moments, I can understand why Get a Job found itself sitting on a shelf for four years after it was shot.

Of course, the lens is skewed so heavily in the millennials' favor that anyone in a corporate position becomes Satan. Marcia Gay Harden is the uptight boss whose comeuppance is just a touch uncomfortable. John Cho's cameo shows him as a heartless middle manager. And the bosses of Brandon T. Jackson's character make him drink deer semen in order to progress up the ranks, which is not a fun scene. I wager it was supposed to be funny, but it plays out as mean and gross. Alison Brie's character exists just to throw sexually explicit dialogue at Miles Teller's character; she does nothing else in the entire movie.

But, still, Get a Job does manage to throw in a few solid points at the way the job market functions for those on the outside looking in. It gets points for that, and it is well-acted. Miles Teller is the perfect kind of likable jerk whom you eventually can't help but root for, even if you also sometimes want to punch him in the face. Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Nicholas Braun, and Brandon T. Jackson make for likable supporting stoners. Anna Kendrick, Bryan Cranston, and Marcia Gay Harden are as reliable as ever. This is a film whose problems come from its screenplay and/or editing. It might be one of them, but it's more likely that both are to blame.

Ultimately a dud, but a fascinating dud that did have a few worthwhile moments, I can understand why Get a Job found itself sitting on a shelf for four years after it was shot. Whether there was an attempt to salvage it in the editing room - its cut-to-the-bone running time might suggest that - or if it simply was an unfunny, lightweight attempt to tackle some serious subject matter, we may never know. The result is a disappointing movie featuring good actors playing uninvolving characters - with just a few moments that make you long for a better movie.

Bottom Line: Good actors can't save a poor script or bad editing, and that's what's happened here. Get a Job is a film that had much more potential than the final result shows.

Recommendation: It's not worth watching, but I'd like to point out that neither is Post Grad. So there.

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