Career Opportunities (1991)


“I’m not happy. I’m working nights, everybody thinks I’m a liar, my whole family’s laughing at me… Reverend Harwell gave me the finger last week! ” – Jim Dodge

Number of Times Seen – Twice (Theater in ’91 and 10 Oct 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Two teens spent the night locked inside a local Target store while trying to figure out what they want in life.

My Take on it – his is a film that I recall seeing in the theater when it came out with hopes that John Hughes was able to create another great teenage angst movie.

Unfortunately, this film is so far removed from the best of Hughes’ work, it is actually difficult to find a resemblance with other  of his films.

This movie tries too hard to find a way to recreate the glamour and uniqueness of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1985) or The Breakfast Club (1985) and fails in doing so.

The characters are both extremely underdeveloped and are quite one dimensional throughout.

Frank Whaley and Jennifer Connelly have absolutely no chemistry together and this hurt any kind of semblance of believability in this film’s story.

I’m quite disappointed that this film didn’t work  but that may be because it feels too much of a rehash of Hughes style films instead of unique in all that it does.

The one good thing about this film is the store montage that shows the characters using various items from the store.

Besides that, there really isn’t anything worthwhile to see here.

Bottom Line – Really boring film that seems to be trying too hard to attempt to recreate the glamour and uniqueness of Ferris Bueller. Hughes doesn’t do a good of of developing these character and they are both very one dimensional in the way they are presented.  Whaley and Connelly have no chemistry together what so ever and it hurts the believability of the film’s story. The montage wth all the presents is the most recognixable thing from this movie. Really nothin to see here… move along!!!!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Josie is looking through the cassette tapes, one of the visible titles is the soundtrack for The Breakfast Club (1985), also written by John Hughes. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (2/10)

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