“GET A JOB”— Struggling

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“Get a Job”

Struggling

Amos Lassen

New of college graduate, Will (Miles Teller) is anxious to begin employment at a local newspaper after spending two years as an intern. When he learns that there is no such position for him, he finds himself on a downward spiral of crummy jobs and desperation and he is very angry that his upbringing promised him the world. Jillian (Anna Kendrick), his girlfriend, is worried that her love isn’t living up to his potential, trying to inspire him through vague dismissal. Will’s friends, Ethan (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), Charlie (Nicholas Braun), and Luke (Brandon T. Jackson), also struggle with employment and trying to establish themselves. Will leans on his father, Roger (Bryan Cranston), for advice, only to watch his own parent fight in the workforce after being laid off after decades of exemplary service.

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“Get a Job” begins with Will discussing an upbringing that rewarded him for losing. This is a provocative topic, but handled without severity by the production. It tries to blame a system of comfort and unearned reward instead of challenging personal responsibility. There is no real depth to the film and this could have been a very effective dramatic comedy. We follow the reality of live that is totally the opposite of how he was raised.

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“Get a Job” shows Will subjected to the trials of random jobs, including a brief stint working the front desk of a seedy hotel. He finally finds an opportunity with a job placement company where he makes video resumes for others and is routinely tested by his boss (Marcia Gay Harden). We also see the vocational adventures of Will’s buddies, with Ethan trying to sell an app, Charlie becoming a junior high teacher, and Luke hoping to join the ranks of elite stockbrokers.

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Cranston is great here, but the film suffers from poor editing. “Get a Job” doesn’t work and flails to find the funny and the sincere. The film’s premise need a more mature and contemporary examination.

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Director Dylan Kidd seems to have lost control of his film. From the very first scene, the rhythm is off, the staging and editing graceless, and the dialogue (the screenplay seesaws between trying too hard and not hard enough.

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