Get a Job (Blu-ray)

May 27, 2016 4 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton and Matt Malouf

Plot: What’s it about?

It’s not uncommon these days for a film to have big stars yet not get a wide theatrical release (Nicolas Cage and Bruce Willis are clear examples of this). In the case of Get a Job, it stars Miles teller, Anna Kendrick and Bryan Cranston, but never made it to theaters. The film was completed in 2012, but not released until this year. While the final product is flawed and far from perfect, it’s really no better or worse than most the films that make it to theaters are. I certainly think it’s more deserving than the current 5% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

It’s hard to figure out what you’re going to do for the rest of your life. Many people have high salaries and have been with their careers for many years, but it’s often not their calling in life. This is the situation for Will (Teller) and Jillian (Kendrick). They’ve both just graduated from college, but are unsure what path to take next. Will was interning at a position during his college career, but is told by his boss on his first official day that they’ve had to downsize, and thus, he no longer has a job. Bryan Cranston plays Will’s father, Roger. He has also recently been let go. This becomes a small subplot where we see his father look for work as well. Will’s friends have similar struggles, and we follow their separate journeys as well. One issue with the film is the tone. It’s not always sure the kind of film it wants to be. Does it want to be a social satire or a real life look at the struggles on finding a job in the modern world? While certain elements don’t always mesh well, I still cared enough about the characters and their outcome to forgive certain aspects.

Video: How does it look?

While far from a flashy film, the transfer at least looks nice. It’s set in a major city, so expect plenty of background shots of tall buildings and lakes. Details are strong and colors always appeared normal as well. The print showed no obvious flaws either. Teller has a few scars on one side of his face, and they’re very noticeable here in a few scenes. All in all, this transfer will please fans.

Audio: How does it sound?

Mostly, this is a quieter film, but vocals remained fine and clean sounding. We get some loud music here and there and some bar scenes as well. Those display good range as we can hear plenty of background chatter. This track serves the film as it should.

Supplements: What are the extras?

  • Video Résumé Outtakes – Pretty much just that, some outtakes of the video resumes. I’d like to have thought it’d have been more encompassing, but nope.
  • Where it All Began: the Cast of Get a Job – The three principal players sit down for a standard EPK about the movie, the script and some behind the scenes footage.

The Bottom Line

Make no mistakes, this is a very flawed film, but I found myself somewhat more forgiving of it. The cast certainly help elevate the material here. Sure, Kendrick doesn’t get a lot to do here, but Teller is a strong lead, and I at least cared enough about the outcome to stay with it. At no point does this veer into greatness, but it’s a worthy rental.

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