If it hadn’t been clear to the studios already, it says a lot when a movie is shelved. Apparently, Get a Job was shelved for a total of five years and after it had just been released, it’s understandable. Get a Job isn’t exactly a film that is worth getting angry at, because even for how much many of the jokes simply don’t land, there’s just nothing even being committed. If I were to think of another film that just practically had no sort of aim, The Do-Over would come to mind but unlike said film, Get a Job doesn’t feature some sort of an offensive excuse to shove in some sort of plot. All we are really being presented is a series of jokes failing to land one after another, somehow managing to sustain a running time of eighty two minutes, which it wastes shamelessly.
There’s not particularly all that much to talk about with Get a Job because you can already feel as if there’s not really all that much effort being placed into what it is that we’re left with. Throughout its own running time, the feeling that the people who worked on the film are not merely placing any effort whether it be from trying to stand out, or in a much bigger scenario, to even sustain the interest of anyone who will be watching. It only continues to move along, and after it ends, all that can be said to describe Get a Job is that it exists only because it just merely does, and with that, there’s not so much of a point to back up the fact it’s around.
My best guess for the existence of Get a Job would come around from how it garners up some talents who would be recognized from their television work (Alison Brie from Community, Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad, John C. McGinley from Scrubs) and just hammers in their names. You can say the same for the main cast. whether it be Miles Teller or Anna Kendrick, because it’s evident that none of the actors are even trying although we can recognize what talent they were able to show in everything else that wasn’t this, a stunning lack of all of that is present in here. When I just look at how talented some of these actors are, the only thing that kept on running through my head was a simple question, “Why did any of these people choose to be in this?”
None of the comedy ever really lands, but it’s not anything noteworthy in an offensive manner. Some scenes may garner a chuckle or two, but even with that said nothing really stands because it’s not even trying at all to be any different. Unfortunately, just the matters which they show from time to time sink a harmless film even more when the jokes can come off as more awkward or gross than the rest (you have a scene in which Bryan Cranston has to give Miles Teller some urine in order to pass a job interview, and there’s another scene that involves drinking deer sperm). Considering how gross some of these jokes can get, they are never overplayed which is somewhat of a good thing, at least when compared to the absolutely classless Grimsby.
One guess that I made from the fact we have some popular television stars in the film would have been that Get a Job was originally intended as a television pilot only extended for the sake of making it a film in order to get everything out there after an unsuccessful pitch, because the effort put behind it certainly doesn’t feel like it was something attempted for the big screen. It feels very much like a failed television pilot at best, many lame jokes coming in one after the other, only carrying on for a few more episodes because we tune in from how we recognize actors and actresses that we have enjoyed in something else. Get a Jobmanages to succeed in reminding us about how time could be better used watching these talents we like, for it never offers really anything that will have it stand out from anything.
A score this low should normally incite much more vitriol, but I won’t lie when I say that I enjoy seeing some of these actors at least trying not to phone in. I could never get really angry with Get a Job because it never did anything that would incite such rage coming from myself, since it was really just offering nothing in the slightest to either get angry with nor get overly entertained with. Get a Job just feels so distinctively effortless in many regards, as there’s never a sense that it knows what it wants to be, whether it be a drama or a comedy so suddenly, the blend just fails to convince. It’s already rather easy to see why it had been shelved, for all that we’re really getting is nothing more than a movie that’s merely just there.
Watch the trailer right here.
All images via Lionsgate.
Directed by Dylan Kidd
Screenplay by Kyle Pennekamp, Scott Turpel
Produced by Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher
Starring Miles Teller, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Marcia Gay Harden, Brandon T. Jackson, Bryan Cranston, Alison Brie, Bruce Davison
Release Year: 2016
Running Time: 82 minutes