Get a Job (2016 film)

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Get a Job
Get a Job Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDylan Kidd
Produced by
Written by
  • Kyle Pennekamp
  • Scott Turpel
Music byChristian Moder
CinematographyDavid Hennings
Edited byJeff Betancourt
Distributed byLionsgate Premiere
Release date
  • March 25, 2016 (2016-03-25) (United States)
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited States

Get a Job is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Dylan Kidd and written by Kyle Pennekamp and Scott Turpel, about a group of friends recently graduated and their efforts to secure employment. The film stars Miles Teller, Anna Kendrick, Brandon T. Jackson, Nicholas Braun, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Marcia Gay Harden, Alison Brie and Bryan Cranston.

Shot in 2012, the film remained unreleased until March 25, 2016, when it received a limited and video on demand release by Lionsgate Premiere and CBS Films.[1]


After graduating from college, Will is set to work in video production for LA Weekly. When he shows up for his first day, however, his boss, Brian Bender tells Will that the position promised to him was lost due to downsizing. He is obligated to find another position quickly to make rent for the house he shares with his three friends: Luke, Ethan, and Charlie.

When he returns to his father, Roger Davis, for money, Roger reveals he recently lost his job as well. In desperation, Will takes a position as the night manager for a motel. On his first night, Will allows a pimp named Skeezy D to use the motel for his prostitutes. He loses his job the next morning when his boss lets him take the fall in front of the police that arrest Skeezy D.

Will ends up succeeding in the video production industry and eventually turns down a promotion and another job offer in order to, instead, start his own video production company. He makes a video interview for his dad, Roger, who also successfully regains employment. His girlfriend, Jillian, is shown handling a business meeting with confidence.

In the final credits Ethan, one of the roommates, also finds success in his iStalkU app, which allows you to trace someone's exact location, by sending a text to their cell phone.



In January 2012, it was announced that Dylan Kidd was attached to direct the film from a screenplay by Kyle Pennekamp and Scott Turpel. It was also announced that Miles Teller, Anna Kendrick, Bryan Cranston, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jay Pharoah, and Jesse Eisenberg were all in negotiations to star in the film.[2]

In March 2012, CBS Films confirmed the casting of Cranston, Kendrick, Teller, and Pharaoh.[3] As well as announcing that Nicholas Braun, Alison Brie and Brandon T. Jackson had all been cast in the film.[3] In March 2012, John Cho was confirmed to be in the film.[4] Principal photography on the film began on March 12, 2012, in Los Angeles, California.[3]


After two years in September 2014, Anna Kendrick said the film may never see the light of day, due to distribution issues.[5] The film was released on March 25, 2016, in a limited release and through video on demand.[6]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an approval rating of 5%, based on twenty two reviews, with an average rating of 3.65/10.[7]

On Metacritic, the film holds a weighted average score of 31 out of 100, based on ten critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[8] Jon Frosch of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a negative review writing, in comparison to We Are Your Friends: "Those guys might not have had college degrees, but they had attitude, hustle and a bit of soul — all things the shallow, insipid young characters in Get a Job, as well as the film itself, are sorely missing".[9]

Mike D'Angelo of The A.V. Club wrote, "Honestly, it would probably have been better for almost everyone involved — especially Kidd — had Get A Job been left on the shelf permanently. All it can do now is embarrass some young actors who’ve already moved on to bigger and better things."[10]


  1. ^ "Get a Job". Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  2. ^ Sneider, Jeff (January 21, 2012). "Dylan Kidd finds work on 'Get a Job'". Variety. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Weinstein, Joshua L. (March 7, 2012). "Anna Kendrick, Bryan Cranston, Miles Teller, Alison Brie 'Get A Job' for CBS Films". TheWrap. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  4. ^ Bettinger, Brandon (March 20, 2012). "Christopher Mintz-Plasse Reveals John Cho Is in GET A JOB, Tweets First Set Photos". Collider. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  5. ^ Lyttelton, Oliver (September 8, 2014). "Anna Kendrick Says Dylan Kidd's All-Star Comedy 'Get A Job' May Never See The Light Of Day". The Playlist. Archived from the original on November 8, 2015. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  6. ^ Howard, Hanna (February 3, 2016). "Anna Kendrick's Newest Role Might Be Her Most Relatable Yet". Teen Vogue. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  7. ^ "Get A Job (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  8. ^ "Get A Job reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  9. ^ Frosch, Jon (March 21, 2016). "'Get a Job': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  10. ^ D'Angelo, Mike (March 22, 2016). "Strong cast aside, the shelved comedy Get A Job should have stayed on the shelf". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 25, 2016.

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