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Career Opportunities (1991)

PG-13  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bud Dodge
Dotty Dodge
Nada Despotovich ...
Penny Dodge
Reid Binion ...
Cal Dodge
Officer Don
Lorraine (as Denise Galik-Furey)
Bob Bosenbeck
Dan Albright ...
Dave Hockner
Marc Clement ...
Andrew Winton ...
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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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Release Date:

29 March 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

One Wild Night  »

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$11,336,986 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The German title "Kevins Cousin allein im Supermarkt" references to "Home Alone" (1990) and "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" (1992), which were all written and produced by John Hughes. See more »


After Jim counts the $52,000 he goes to smell the money, which reveals the bottom bills are $1 bills, not $100. See more »


Josie: Big store.
Jim Dodge: Huge.
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References Modern Times (1936) See more »


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A weak comedy only worth seeing for Jennifer Connelly.
31 December 2006 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Frank Whaley plays Jim Dodge (Frank Whaley), a thoroughly annoying smart-mouthed wise-ass waste-of-space with a dead end job as a night janitor in a supermarket. Jennifer Connelly plays Josie McClellan (Jennifer Connelly), a poor little rich girl desperate to get away from her millionaire daddy (who beats her). When Josie chickens out of shoplifting at the last minute, she is locked in the shop for the night and meets Jim (as he roller-skates down an aisle in his boxers and a wedding veil!). Together they do a bit of collective soul-searching, swap sob stories and decide to run away together. However, their plans are interrupted somewhat when a couple of gun wielding thieves break into the store...

Despite being written by top teen-movie maker John Hughes and featuring a pretty decent cast (John Candy has a cameo and the two leads are both capable actors), Career Opportunities (AKA One Wild Night), is a rather weak comedy with irritating characters and very few laughs.

I, like most males who have reviewed this movie on IMDb, do agree, however, that it is worth viewing if you are a fan of Jennifer Connelly and her very impressive curves. The delectable JC looks stunning in a tight white vest and standout scenes include her rollerskating through the shop, and rocking slowly back and forth on a supermarket horse ride (a moment guaranteed to raise the blood pressure of all heterosexual men).

But of course, Ms. Connelly looking damn fine doesn't make this a great piece of film-making (just great eye-candy), and ultimately this is a rather desperate 'comedy' that comes nowhere near to the matching the quality of Hughes' 80s output.

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