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Get a Job is the quintessential movie that gathered dust on some shelf and finally saw the light of day courtesy of an On Demand or DTV release; it’s also telling that the film couldn’t get sold in spite of co-starring Anna Kendrick hot off of the success of Pitch Perfect. The final result is a laugh-less comedy with thinly written characters.

 

 

Get a Job
(2016)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

Genre(s): Comedy
Lionsgate | R – 84 min. – $19.99 | June 14, 2016

Date Published: 06/03/2016 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Dylan Kidd
Writer(s): Kyle Pennekamp & Scott Turpel (written by)
Cast: Miles Teller, Anna Kendrick, Brandon T. Jackson, Nicholas Braun, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Marcia Gay Harden, Bryan Cranston, Alison Brie, John C. McGinley, Jorge Garcia
DISC INFO:
Features:
Featurette, Outtakes
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.40
Subtitles: English SDH, English, Spanish
Disc Size: NA
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A


THE MOVIE – 1.75/5

Will Davis (MILES TELLER) is fresh out of college and now must find a job, which he discovers is not an easy task. But with the prodding of his hot girlfriend Jillian (ANNA KENDRICK) and dad Roger (BRYAN CRANSTON), and the fact he doesn’t get work for a magazine he had interned at for a summer, he must compromise to get one, going into the corporate world and abandoning his more independent ideas.

Will is roommates with a cast of characters who each are entering the job market: Luke (BRANDON T. JACKSON) becomes a day trader, Charlie (NICHOLAS BRAUN) is a middle school gym teacher, and Ethan (CHRISTOPHER MINTZ-PLASSE) has developed a stalker app.

Meanwhile, Will’s father also is out of work and, after discovering the new age of the job search he hadn’t known in 30 years, spends the entire movie, while hanging out at a hipster coffee shop, trying to find the “decision maker” for a certain company just so he can show what kind of a hard worker he is.

Quick Hit Review:
Get a Job
was a movie made back in 2012 and it’s not hard to see why CBS Films, had a difficult time finding a theatrical distributor even with a relatively well known cast even back then with Kendrick hitting it big with Pitch Perfect. So, it sat on the shelf, collecting dust, for 4 years before getting a VOD and home video release. The result is a movie with a thin plot, poorly written characters, at best so-so performances from the likes of Miles Teller and Anna Kendrick, and for a comedy, absolutely no jokes that landed, in fact I maybe laughed once; even then it was a chuckle.

The supporting cast includes the likes of Brandon T. Jackson, Nicholas Braun, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Marcia Gay Harden, Alison Brie, John C. McGinley and Jorge Garcia who plays some kind of all-knowing janitor. It’s a decent number of talented actors, Harden playing a hard-ass company supervisor, Brie as an office nymphomaniac and McGinley who plays Jackson’s no non-sense boss, yet every one of their talents wasn’t fully utilized.

The film was directed by Dylan Kidd who made his mark back in 2002 with Rodger Dodger starring Campbell Scott and Jesse Eisenberg, from a screenplay written by Kyle Pennekamp and Scott Turpel (debuts for both). It clocks in at an remarkably short 84-minutes, with credits, so it’s a quick watch at least so wasn’t quite as painful to sit through compared with something like Zoolander 2.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.25/5

This release comes with a matted slip cover. Inside is a redemption code for the Digital HD copy.

The features are, unsurprisingly, rather light. We get some Video Résumé Outtakes (2:58; HD) and a basic featurette, Where It All Began: The Cast of Get a Job (6:58; HD).

Previews The Divergent Series: Allegiant, The DUFF, Love the Coopers, Flight 7500, Dirty Grandpa: Unrated

 


VIDEO – 3.5/5

Lionsgate releases Get a Job presented with a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer (MPEG-4 AVC codec). The movie is nice and bright throughout in keeping with the comedy genre, colors are vibrant and skin tones appear to be natural while detail appears sharp and well defined. This is not a transfer that will wow anyone but still pretty good.

 

AUDIO – 3.75/5

The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track isn’t anything extraordinary but gets the job done, especially considering 99% of the movie is dialogue while the remainder is comprised of a generic score and/or songs. There’s some decent enough depth in spots with the rear channels being utilized for various ambient noises. As with the picture, this isn’t the type of movie that fully benefits from a lossless track however it is adequate enough.

 



OVERALL – 2.25/5

Overall, Get a Job is the quintessential movie that gathered dust on some shelf and finally saw the light of day courtesy of an On Demand or DTV release; it’s also telling that the film couldn’t get sold in spite of co-starring Anna Kendrick hot off of the success of Pitch Perfect. The final result is a laugh-less comedy with thinly written characters. The Blu-ray released through Lionsgate offers satisfactory video/audio transfers and a flimsy amount of features.

 

 

 

 

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