Hot Take: Despite the all-star cast, Get A Job fails to be funny. It’s kind of important for a comedy to be funny, don’t you think?
Get A Job is about as lazy and predictable as they come. It’s a lot like How to Be Single in the way it is structured. You could say it is to employment what How to Be Single is to dating. The only problem is How to Be Single was actually funny. Get A Job has very few moments that even bring a smile to your face let alone make you laugh.
It’s hard to believe a film can have so much talent available yet miss every mark. Miles Teller stars as Will Davis, a recent college grad ready to conquer the world. He leaves with his three friends who are all ready to start their careers. Will’s girlfriend, Jillian (Anna Kendrick), is already well on her way to success in her current job. While Will is finding his way in the career world, Will’s dad Roger (Bryan Cranston) finds himself among the recently downsized and unemployed. Soon after Will finds a job, Jillian loses hers.
That’s the basic overview of the plot. The rest of the film is about as predictable as an ’80s sitcom. What adds to the disappointment are the resumes of Teller, Kendrick and Cranston which shows proven ability to get the job done in a comedy yet they all fail to be given the tools to get it done as the script lacks originality and while watching the film, you get the idea that even the editor gave up on this concept.
But it isn’t just the three stars that are wasted here. There are plenty of supporting cast members who usually pack a wallop in bit roles but here, land softly. Marcia Gay Harden? Wasted. Bruce Davison? Wasted. John C. McGinley? Wasted. Christopher Mintz-Plasse? Wasted. Jay Pharoah? Wasted. Alison Brie? Wasted. Greg Germann? Wasted. John Cho? Wasted.
Get A Job is an exercise in waste. The long shelved movie probably should have rotted away on whatever shelf it sat in Hollywood. Shot in 2012, it took four years for Get A Job to finally get released. We could have waited four more and everything would have been okay. Hell, we could have waited 40.
“Spoiler Free” Pros
- Anna Kendrick: Best of the Worst
Unfortunately, there isn’t a performance in Get A Job to get overly excited about. Kendrick whose part seemed to end up mostly on the cutting floor is good when she’s in the film. Despite being on the poster and very present in the trailer, she’s somewhat MIA in the film. However, the few moments she has are better than most of the rest of the film which isn’t all that difficult considering how disappointing the film is.
“Spoiler Free” Cons
- Lame, Over-the-Top Workplace Antics That Have No Real World Equivalent
A pothead becomes a chemistry teacher and makes his students toast marshmallows for him to munch on as a science experiment. The head of an investment firm makes his underlings drink deer semen while the rest of the office shouts, “DEER CUM!” to earn a desk. The office nymph (because every office apparently has one) talks about how hung the manager is to a potential hire. Sorry but these things just don’t happen. Oh and they aren’t funny, either.
- And Worst Of All… It’s Predictable!
If you don’t see where this movie is going within 30 minutes, you need to watch more movies. Only don’t watch this one, it’s not good.