Get a Job (2016 film)

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Get a Job
Get a Job Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDylan Kidd
Written by
  • Kyle Pennekamp
  • Scott Turpel
Produced by
CinematographyDavid Hennings
Edited byJeff Betancourt
Music byChristian Moder
Distributed byLionsgate Premiere
Release date
  • March 25, 2016 (2016-03-25) (United States)
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$23,910

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 that graduate from college 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 recently graduating from college, millennial Will Davis is set to work in video production for LA Weekly but when he arrives for his first day, he is informed that the position promised to him during an internship was lost due to downsizing. He is obligated to find another position quickly to appease his parents, success-driven girlfriend Jillian, and to make rent for the house he shares with his three friends: Luke, Ethan, and Charlie.

Will asks his father Roger Davis for money, but Roger reveals that he recently lost the job he had for 30 years. In desperation, Will takes a position as the night manager for a disreputable motel. On his first night, Will allows a pimp named Skeezy D to use the motel for his prostitution ring causing him to lose his job when the police bust it. Meanwhile, his slacker roommates also struggle to fulfill their goals, Luke believes he has gained employment as a stock trader but instead is a poorly treated office clerk, Ethan fails to gain momentum with his questionable "iStalkU" mobile app idea, and stoner Charlie takes an undesirable job as a 6th grade chemistry teacher. Will interviews at a reputable executive job placement firm and impresses the hiring manager, gaining employment as a video resume creator. Roger meanwhile struggles to find new employment, believing his age is to blame. Will thrives and is soon offered a promotion after gaining the favor of his narcissistic manager, Katherine. Jillian loses her job and is forced to move in with Will and his friends.

A video of Skeezy D that Will uploaded to YouTube goes viral, attracting the attention of a startup company who offer him a job. Meanwhile, Luke becomes a stock trader but continues to struggle, Charlie begins coaching the school's basketball team, and Ethan fails to properly pitch his app idea to Warren Buffett. Roger takes refuge in a hipster coffee shop and becomes obsessed with gaining an interview at IBM. Unbeknownst to Roger, Will films him on a drunken rant about his job skills and later turns it into a video resume. Roger is nearly arrested for harassing the IBM hiring manager but is saved by Will and his friends, resulting in Roger gaining an interview and obtaining his dream employment.

With the support of Jillian, Will turns down the promotion and other job offers, instead opting to start his own video production company and he finds success. Luke eventually does well as a stock trader, Charlie realizes that the participation trophy ethos of his generation did more harm than good and finds new motivation, and Ethan finally achieves success with his app.



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 eventually released on March 25, 2016, in a limited release and through video on demand by CBS Films and Lionsgate Premiere.[6]


On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 9% of 23 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 3.8/10. The website's consensus reads, "Inauthentic and unfunny, Get a Job is paltry to the point that its long-delayed release feels purely the result of its wasted cast having been promoted to greater fame all these years later."[7] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 31 out of 100, based on 10 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". Lionsgate Publicity. Archived from the original on February 4, 2016. 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". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved January 18, 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  8. ^ "Get A Job". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved January 18, 2022.
  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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