Title: Get a Job
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Dylan Kidd
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Alison Brie, Miles Teller
Runtime: 1 hr 23 mins
What It Is: Will Davis (Teller) is a lot like most twentysomethings in that he just really wants to find a job he doesn’t hate after college. Normally Will has his dad Roger (Bryan Cranston) that he can turn to in a pinch. Unfortunately, for Will, his father has just lost his job. Now both Davis men are looking for employment in this rather chilled climate. Not to worry Will’s girlfriend Jillian (Kendrick) is there to help him as are his ridiculous bevy of friends.
What We Think: There are a ton of cliches, like a ton! Miles Teller seems to continue to just play the biggest asshole in the room. Anna Kendrick is the fast-talking awkward girl. Alison Brie is very funny in a role very much unlike her one in Community and very much like the one from the terrific Sleeping With Other People, in fact, most of the scenes she’s in contention to steal it. I know Miles Teller has more talent than this. I saw it in Whiplash but here he falls back on old habits and I hope his next role will allow him to stretch just a bit.
Our Grade: D+, Meh this is mindless, no fun drivel. Perhaps something like this could be fun with a sharper better put together script. From a direction standpoint, there’s not much good here. I cannot recommend this to most people. It isn’t good and it isn’t funny at a consistent enough clip to hold attention for very long. Somehow they took this rather talented cast, which they are up to down, and just crapped the bed with this one. I suppose there are worse “comedies” than this but most of those don’t stay with the bad jokes instead of trying to craft good ones.