Film Spotlight: "Get a Job"

"Look out world, here we come," says Will (Miles Teller) at the beginning of Get a Job, the new comedy that opens Friday at Atlas Cinemas Diamond Center 16 and becomes available on Video on Demand that same day. A noble attempt to capture the zeitgeist, it ultimately fails to hit the mark as a piece of social satire. You certainly won't confuse director Dylan Kidd's (Roger Dodger) movie with The Big Short, the Oscar-nominated movie about the economic collapse of the 2000s.

In the movie's opening scene, Will receives a fat check from his father (Bryan Cranston) to carry him over until he gets his first paycheck from the LA Weekly, a job he considers a "springboard." Will immediately squanders the dough on a 70-inch TV and then shows up the first day of work only to find out that the paper's staff has been downsized and he no longer has a gig. "I spent two summers interning here for free!" he yells in a moment of outrage. Of course, his editor doesn't care and tells him to get lost.

Will eventually finds a job working as a night clerk at a motel frequented by hookers and old people. The gig doesn't last long and he has to go back to daddy for money. Unfortunately, daddy just lost his job too, so Will gets desperate and takes a job as a videographer for an employment agency. Problem is, he has to pass a drug test. Since he's a major pothead, he has to figure out a way to fake it. He succeeds and manages to get the job, but his ball-busting boss (Marcia Gay-Harden) really dislikes his casual style and makes him wear a tie and conform to her stylebook.

Meanwhile, his friends Luke (Brandon T. Jackson) and Charlie (Nicholas Braun) have found lame jobs as well while Ethan (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) builds an app that enables users to stalk people. And his girlfriend (Anna Kendrick), who's carrying $90,000 in student loan debt, loses her job and has to move in with Will.

While the movie provides an accurate account of what it's like to be a college grad trying to find a job in today's marketplace, it comes up short on laughs. Even the A-list cast in the movie, which was filmed way back in 2012 and then shelved, can't redeem the subpar material.

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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