A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Get a Job is a comedic look at recent college graduates (including characters played by popular actors Miles Teller and Anna Kendrick) struggling to get their careers going in entry-level corporate positions. While there's a message about staying true to yourself/your vision, the situations aren't quite realistic, so it's not something that young people should look to for realistic advice -- plus there's lots of drinking, pot-smoking, and sexual references, as well as some nudity (a topless dancer at a strip club, naked male rear end, etc.). There's also plenty of innuendo and sex/masturbation talk, and you can expect tons of colorful language, including "sh-t," "f-ck," "c-ck," "bitch," "p-ssy" and more.
What's the story?
Will (Miles Teller) needs to GET A JOB. He's fresh out of college, somewhat aimless, and not very interested in the boring corporate world. But with few other prospects, he lands a position making recruiting videos. While Will sees plenty of ways he can inject some creativity into the staid films, his suit-wearing bosses have other plans, and Will needs to find a way to conform to their expectations without selling out his artistic vision. Meanwhile, his girlfriend, Jillian (Anna Kendrick), is facing sudden and unexpected unemployment, and his roommates are also trying to take their first step on the career ladder.
Is it any good?
Get a Job has a simple premise that should have wide appeal, but its dumbed-down approach will likely strike home for only the most juvenile viewers. (That is, people who might find humor in sexual harassment and trying to cheat on drug tests.) It's neither original nor clever, and its career advice isn't likely to help most young people succeed.
The film does boast a strong cast, though they're mostly wasted. Bryan Cranston is appealing as an older job-seeker who's becoming disheartened (though his storyline is implausible and unentertaining), while Alison Brie's one-note supporting role as lusty co-worker with boundary issues isn't particularly funny. And Marcia Gay Harden's domineering boss is simply repulsive. Get a Job needs to quit and go home.
Talk to your kids about ...
What role does sex play in the characters's lives? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
How does the movie portray the corporate world? Do you think the behavior shown here would be tolerated in real offices? Would it help people get ahead?
- In theaters: March 25, 2016
- On DVD or streaming: June 14, 2016
- Cast: Miles Teller, Anna Kendrick, Bryan Cranston, Marcia Gay Harden
- Director: Dylan Kidd
- Studio: Lionsgate
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 82 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: crude and sexual content, nudity, drug use and language
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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