Get a Job is rated on 5.1 IMDB and 31% on meta critics, of course, it’s also completely rotten on Rotten Tomatoes. Then again, Rotten tomatoes isn’t really where you go check the ratings of a coming of age story or a romantic comedy. But in any case, one question remains: Why the hell did I watch this thing, if it’s clearly horse-shit?
Anna Kendrick is alright. And Bryan Cranston is more than just all right. But let’s get real, this movie in not setting the world on fire. No one is winning an Oscar for this. If anything, it barely manages to be the kind of movie you catch on a flight, 5 years after its release.
The ruth is, I know exactly why I watched this movie.
My jobless soon-to-be-graduate self who is NOT going to grad school and who has no idea what she’s going to do with her life, needed some comforting.
I needed someone to tell me that I was gonna be okey. Even if that someone was some douche named Miles Teller. I needed Uncle sam to pat me on the shoulder with some Hollywood crap on how “Everything is gonna be all right”. I needed to hear unemployed “underachievers” tell me that life is hard, and it is OK to not win at everything.
So yes. I would be lying if I said that I watched Get A Job for anything other than utter self-indulgence.
So did I get my money’s worth? (To be clear, I did not spend a cent on this, I streamed it online. Yah. I know. It’s illegal! Sue me!) (Actually, please don’t! I don’t want to be deported)
So what was I saying? Oh yes. The question was: Did this film cure or at least calm down my severe senioritis and quarter life crisis?
Absolutely fucking not.
As the screen faded to black and the credits started rolling, I was laying in my bed staring at the reflection of my double chin on the screen, trying to figure out what the take away of this movie was. And I think it goes something like this:
Yay me! I am creative. I can found my own design company, and make “video content” that will go viral and I’ll get even more clients. Oh, say what…? you’re an engineer? Sucks to be you I guess..
Miles’ character is not the only one I was not able to relate with. His father (played by Bryan Cranston) is a relentless optimist who tries very hard to get his life back on track and who doesn’t get discouraged at all. This kind of “super happy life is a box of chocolate” attitude is not really my style.
Now the one character I kinds-sorta related with was Anna kendrick’s. Her character arc boils down to “The somber downfall of the prodigy”. Yup, sounds about right.
The movie is somehow more depressing because, it’s not even about getting THE job. It’s about getting A job. How nondescript is that!
In somewhat related news: One of the roomates, a Chemistry teacher turned Basketball coach goes on a rant at the end of the movie about how trophies are bad. And trophies are the reason he smokes weed and doesn’t do anything useful with his life.
Well I have news for you Mister: Trophies are great. Trophies are fun. Trophies are validation! Literally the very fucking thing every recent graduate/twenty-somehitng is begging for.
So if that was the morale of the story then, no wonder, I am not entertained. And I’ll go take my business to Girls, where Hannah can put thing in perspective for me and remind me of how perfectly awesome my life is:
I hope you liked this review. If for some reason, you watched Get A Job. Let me know what you think. And in the mean time, if you too do not have a job yet, I suggest you follow the instructions detailed below, I swear it works: