Get a Job (2016) Review

gtjob2The cast of this movie is definitely what appealed to me. With a selection of top-line talent like Anna Kendrick, Miles Teller, Alison Brie, Bryan Cranston and others, I wasn’t going to ignore it. Directed by Dylan Kidd (P.S, Roger Dodger) and written by first-time screenwriters Scott Turpel and Kyle Pennekamp, Get a Job is a comedy with small shards of drama thrown in to humanise the characters and their journeys.

I was expecting a more low-key indie drama here with little elements of humour, but this was a much brasher and full-on film than I expected. We meet a group of recent college grads who are struggling to decide what to do next. The main characters we follow, though, are Will (Teller) and Jillian (Kendrick). Will lives with three male room-mates (including Ponytail Derek and McLovin) and is reluctant to grow up and take the next step into responsibility. Jillian, his girlfriend, urges him to do what she is doing and make an effort to move on with his life and, as the film-title suggests, “get a job”.

We follow these two characters as well as each of Will’s roomies and his father, Roger (Cranston) as they look for work, get fired, look for more work and struggle in and out of their employment. That’s basically the plot here, and it works well for a fun 90-minute movie.

I did have some issues with it though. The story, while easy to watch, is hard to relate to and pretty unbelievable. It seems to address relatable issues but then has the characters deal with them in ways I doubt any sane and grounded human being would. It made it hard to either like or invest in some of the characters and I had to roll my eyes at some of the decisions they made. It had its laugh-out-loud moments and a couple of touching parts, and each actor played their part well (as expected) but I would have liked a little less of the bong-hitting caricature and more grounded and realistic things going on.

It wasn’t a bad movie, by any means, but is one of those comedy flicks that needs to be taken on face value without any deep expectations. I do feel like it could have been much more, and with the talent involved there could have been some real drama moments to sink their teeth into amidst the comedy. A decent flick and one worth watching for the people involved.

3 out of 5

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