Career Opportunities

Published August 14, 2021

Career Opportunities

Film info

  • Title Career Opportunities
  • Director Bryan Gordon
  • Year 1991
  • Run time 1hr 23m
  • Genres Romance, Drama, Comedy
  • Tagline He took the job that no one wanted... and got the girl that everyone did

The town con and the town beauty team up to outwit a half-wit pair of would-be burglars in this hilarious comedy from John Hughes. Frank Whaley stars as Jim Dodge, a smooth-talking small-town guy with a knack for putting up a front - but no talent for holding down a job. But Jim's life suddenly takes a turn for the fantastic when he finds himself locked inside the local department store one night with Josie McClellan, the daughter of the town's wealthiest citizen. And when this unlikely pair is treated to a surprise visit from two bargain-hunting burglars, the laughs keep escalating in this delightfully entertaining look at small-town America.

Live blog

Time Comment
3:04 “I’ve got everything a man needs,” he says, although in reality it’s just a big imagination.
7:20 The tongue-sword!
10:39 What is a bear claw and how did it get its name?
17:37 The maths of this doesn’t work… 50 bucks to get to work, $4 an hour!
17:44 Can an F14 even get to Paris?
20:39 Slacker! BTTF.
23:34 Being locked in does seem a little anti-Health and Safety.
25:36 The Dustbuster mop is a work of art!
33:46 Chicken and peanut butter. Bleurgh. For breakfast!!
37:42 The town liar. Like crier but different.
39:34 “It’s in the past.” “Well the present is the result of the past.”
46:01 So far he/they seem to have made more mess than he’s tidied.
52:28 “For three quarters of one verse of a slow song we danced together.” SO JOHN HUGHES.
59:09 So much roller skating.
1:09:55 The kid’s ride situation is gross.
1:10:29 I need to understand the corn dog situation more.
1:14:33 They have taken the weirdest collection of stuff.


Given our recent strike rate with John Hughes movies, I was worried about this one, but it was okay. It was old and it was weird, it hasn’t aged particularly well, and it was such a John Hughes movie it hurt, but it was okay. The music was good, and halfway through I thought this could be something really good, but then when the robbers arrived, it took a bit of an odd turn that I wasn’t really expecting or looking for. But hey, we got to the end!

Rating: 2 / 5

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