Life after college graduation is not exactly going as planned for Will and Jillian who find themselves lost in a sea of increasingly strange jobs. But with help from their family, friends and co-workers they soon discover that the most important (and hilarious) adventures are the ones that we don’t see coming.
Directed by Dylan Kidd
Starring Miles Teller, Anna Kendrick, Bryan Cranston, Alison Brie
The real world is hard, which is why I usually choose to avoid it whenever possible. With Dylan Kidd’s Get A Job, we are initially promised at least something of an insight into how it’s not just us that finds this life unfathomable and confusing, particularly in regard to the world of employment.
If you can feel the hackles rising on the back of your neck, you might have good reason, and don’t expect it to get any easier as you sit through this effort. Introduced to Will (Teller) and Jillian (Kendrick), a middle-class and already privileged young couple trying, with varying success, to get a foot on the ladder of promotion to secure their respective futures. Neither are especially likeable upon first meeting them, nor do they become noticeably more so throughout, though the effort to make them so is obvious.
It took it’s own sweet time getting here too, filmed in 2012, it inconceivably sat in storage for four years, with even Kendrick herself suggesting a couple of years ago that the film would be “unlikely to see the light of day”. The real reasons for this are unclear, but Lionsgate stepped in to give it a limited release and an on demand option this month. Whether they should have bothered is just as pertinent a question as the delay in its distribution, however.
Boasting what is an admittedly enviable cast, including Bryan Cranston, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, John McGinley and Alison Brie, it further begs the question about the delay in its appearance. And when you get a chance to sit down with it, it begins to become clear. What should be brimming with heart, soul and suitable amounts of irony, comes across as little more than a missed opportunity. Instead of a witty (even sarcastic would have done) social commentary on the vagaries of finding and sticking to a job for the purposes of survival and prosperity, we’re offered what often comes across as uninspired and lacking in imagination.
Get A Job fails in its fundamental task of portraying the difficulty in finding and keeping a position that we could all recognise and lacks enough character to coerce any engagement from. If you were expecting the type of experience offered by the likes of Office Space, for example, then you are going to be left feeling short-changed. Dipping its toe into romance, albeit only in regard to the relationship between Jillian and Will, with the occasional aside from what appears to be Alison Brie in nymphomaniac form, this just doesn’t convince either and its heaving from one to the other, even with the lazy jokes thrown in, just doesn’t convince in any department.
We rightly should have expected better from the assembled talent pool on offer and if anything, the performances are not actually the cause of the film’s woes. A script without bite and any real verve is most at fault and ultimately not worthy of the players. In the four years since it’s making, it is already beginning to show its age and that is as good a reason as any to question its appearance.
In summary, this is probably one to avoid unless you’re a real fan of any of the people involved. And even then, expectations should not be set too high.