Review

‘Get a Job’ Wastes Amazing Cast

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This movie sat unreleased for four years. After watching it, it’s painfully obvious why.

“Get a Job” follows several recent college grads and one middle-aged man as they venture out into the world of unemployment and interviews. That’s really the best I can do giving a plot summary for this film, the thing is an incoherent mess. It actually features an amazing cast, many of whom weren’t household names when the film was shot in 2012, including Miles Teller, Anna Kendrick, Brandon T. Jackson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Alison Brie and Bryan Cranston. Dylan Kidd directs.

I came across this film’s IMDb page about two years ago. I’ve been a fan of both Miles Teller and Anna Kendrick before they hit the mainstream (I’m not being a braggy hipster, I’m just saying), so seeing them headline a movie that also featured Heisenberg seemed like a potential home run. But the film quickly faded from my memory until about a month ago a trailer finally dropped, and I was like, “oh yeah. That was a thing.” And now after watching the movie, my only reaction is, “oh. So that was a thing.”

“Get a Job” is one of those films that are nowhere near good, but it is impossible to fully hate due to the likability of its cast. And the cast try their very best, and there are occasional moments of genuine humor or insight, but overall this is a stale, unengaging and crude for the sake of being crude flick.

Miles Teller is one of the most charming young actors in Hollywood, and when he filmed this in 2012 he only had three movies under his belt. I bet he, and most of the cast and crew, wish this had stayed on the shelf in a warehouse somewhere alongside the Ark of the Covenant, because while he tries his best, there is nothing resembling a coherent story here. Each character is given problems and either overcome them or eventually say, “screw it, who cares” and then that’s the end of their story-arch.

I genuinely don’t know how to review a movie like this, because I’m not entirely sure it can constitute as a movie. It is just scene-scene-scene of plot points and conflicts, many of which get settled by the very next sequence. Some familiar faces show up throughout, which made me wonder if they all lost some sort of bet with the director.

A few jokes are dated, others are just lazy, and some are just hilariously flat. I actually cringed when a student called his teacher by his first name (per the teacher’s request) and the teacher slowly turns around and says, “don’t call me Charlie…call me coach.”

Look, my friend also saw this and he enjoyed it enough due to the cast. It is a breezy film (a merciful 82 minutes) and even though it is awful I am somehow unable to entirely hate it due to the cast, although please don’t take that as an endorsement.

Critics Rating: 3/10

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