Get a Job- Film Review
I remember recalling the ghastly feeling of unemployment after graduation, and the even more outlandish experience of acquiring a job and doing peculiar things like having meetings. ‘Get A job’, a comedic film directed by Dylan Kidd revolves around the same theme, with a great concoction of what most would refer to as juvenile humour.
The films sees the main actor, just out of college as a graduate, Will Davis (Teller) having his dreams dimmed as he finds out that he may be a little ill prepared for the working world. After interning for two summers at the L.A. Weekly, the job he was promised for the internship is downsized out of existence. After a couple of low-end false starts, he does land a position making video resumés for an “executive placement firm” where Bruce Davison plays the CEO. His attempts to get creative hit a brick wall as his ideas seem too quirky for a big head-hunting firm.
Meanwhile, Will’s more practical-minded girlfriend, Jillian (Anna Kendrick), gets hired as a junior sales analyst, but finds the bottom rung of the corporate ladder unfulfilling. The guy friends she shares a house with create comedic relief in the film. Stoner Charlie (Nicholas Braun) proves a haplessly unsuitable middle-school teacher, Luke (Brandon T. Jackson) is humiliated as a trading floor’s newest clerk/errand boy, and Ethan (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) can’t get companies interested in the admittedly vile app he’s invented. Ethan does great justice to his role as he is renowned for his socially awkward disposition and borderline stalker-type persona in films.
The film”s plot is not awe inspiring as it is cluttered with scenes of crude teen-sex comedy notes, making the movie a bit too unrealistic. The film may be more suitable for a more youthful audience, as the characterization of screenplay casts such as Stoner Charlie (Nicholas Braun) beam with hilarity as he remains constantly elevated on marijuana for most of the film, making for hilarious puns. In one of the scenes, whilst a friend is perusing vacancies in the hospitality industry, Stoner Charlie ingeniously reminds his friend “you don’t have any knowledge in the medical industry bro”.
The film’s cinematography is eloquent despite the slapstick theme. The transitions between scenes are synchronized, with relatively good editing, lighting and special effects, creating little distraction to the films scenes. The movie makes for a good depiction of bittersweet content of millennials and the devolving workplace, it’s filled with puns but lacks in soulfulness.
This is an average movie targetting young adults. It would not be an entire waste of time to watch but mature viewers will be bored quickly.