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Career Opportunities (1991)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  29 March 1991 (USA)
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Josie, the daughter of the town's wealthiest businessman, faces problems at home and wishes to leave home, but is disorientated. Her decision is finalized after she falls asleep in a Target... See full summary »

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Josie, the daughter of the town's wealthiest businessman, faces problems at home and wishes to leave home, but is disorientated. Her decision is finalized after she falls asleep in a Target dressing room, and awakes to find that she is locked in the store overnight with the janitor, Jim, the town "no hoper" and liar. A decision to go to L.A. is established, but first they must get through the night. A relationship develops, only to be interrupted by a break in by two petty criminals. Written by <TSPAJB@Lure.LaTrobe.edu.au>

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Maximum comedy at minimum wage! See more »

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29 March 1991 (USA)  »

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Career Opportunities  »

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$11,336,986 (USA)
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When Josie is looking through the cassette tapes, one of the visible titles is the soundtrack for The Breakfast Club, also written by John Hughes. See more »

Quotes

Josie: And you're happy, you know, you're happy.
Jim Dodge: 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!
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Referenced in Family Guy: Movin' Out (Brian's Song) (2007) See more »

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Criminal Bop
Written and Conducted by Tom Newman
Produced by Tom Newman
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Misunderstood Picaresque Masterpiece!
13 February 2002 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Career Opportunities" is not only one of the finest films of the Last Great Golden Age Of American Cinema--the early 1990s, specifically, 1991 ("Another You", "For The Boys", "Highlander 2: The Quickening"--do I have to list more?), it might just one day revered as the "O Lucky Man" of the post-Reagan "grunge" era. A surrealist, even MAGICAL REALIST parable/satire on American Consumerism and our collective enslavement to petty bourgeois dreams of success, with a touch of "La Dolce Vita" tossed in for added subtext, with the lovely OSCAR-NOMINATED Connelly as Anita Ekberg, representing the impossible female ideal that will remain forever out of reach until our hero, Whalley's milquetoast Candide, renounces the evils of capitalism. Connelly's ride atop a coin-operated pony is Hughes' nod to Sylvia's romp through the fountain in Rome, and his oft-misunderstood casting of the Mulroneys are a post-modern riff on Fellini's Virgin Mary thread, although instead, the brothers embody a different Biblical allusion--to that of the parable of Cain and Abel. Sigh--I'll be defending this one until the end of my autumn years.

But oh, that white tank top...


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