Today: February 22, 2024

Get A Job

Get A Job’s premise is a simple one. It’s about a group of millennials, and one of their dad’s, all desperately trying to find an occupation in life that pays the rent. And for a lot of weed, apparently.

Of course if you’ve ever written a CV before you know that sometimes you have to, shall we say, elaborate a little bit. You know, jazz it up, say you’ve worked in positions much higher up than is reality, pretend you’ve travelled to far off places to broaden your horizon, imply you’ve worked with really impressive people. In other words, lie. All in the name of getting your foot in the door, but lying nonetheless.

Well this is exactly what Get A Job does. It lies to get its shiny little disk into your media player of choice. And how does it do this you ask? Well, the story is pretty much exactly what it says but where it sells you a fast one is the talent involved.

Because you’re looking at that cast list at the top of this page thinking; I like that guy, he was great in Whiplash. Oh, there’s Anna Kendrick, she’s always fun. Hang about, there’s Heisenberg, sorry Walter White, I mean Bryan Cranston, he’s great. And hold the phone, is that Alison Brie, she’s funny. And that’s before you scan the rest of the cast and realise it includes an Oscar winner in the shape of Marcia Gay Harden and McLovin.

Surely all these names wouldn’t commit to a script that claims to be a comedy and not be at least somewhat funny. Great, you’re hired. And then you realise that star employee you’ve just agreed a big old pay cheque with is in fact a stoner idiot who can barely tie their own shoelaces.

Because Get A Job is a big fat lie. It’s not funny. And to not be funny with a cast like this takes some doing. There’s almost no point to it. The film stumbles and trips along vaguely following Miles Teller as he embarks on a corporate career while his high-flying girlfriend Anna Kendrick gets fired and his stoner mates find various ways of getting by. All the while Bryan Cranston sits in a coffee shop trying to get one job. That’s right, he has his heart set on one job, he claims he’s sent out loads of resumes but there’s only one right job for him. And it all boils down to, apparently, ‘follow your dreams’.

The height of the comedy involves a child getting hit in the face with a basketball. Seriously, that’s the biggest laugh you’ll get here. Get A Job doesn’t just go to the bottom of the pile of CVs, it doesn’t even get put in the rubbish. It’s stuck up on a Jobcentre notice board as an example of what not to do.

Alex Moss Editor

Alex Moss’ obsession with film began the moment he witnessed the Alien burst forth from John Hurt’s stomach. It was perhaps ill-advised to witness this aged 6 but much like the beast within Hurt, he became infected by a parasite called ‘Movies’. Rarely away from his computer or a big screen, as he muses on Cinematic Deities, Alex is “more machine now than man. His mind is twisted and evil”. Email: alex.moss@filmjuice.com

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