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Career Opportunities (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 29 March 1991 (USA)
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
Denise Galik ...
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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29 March 1991 (USA)  »

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One Wild Night  »

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$11,336,986 (USA)

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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 »


Jim and Josie find time to remove their rollerskates and put their shoes back on before hiding in the dressing room, See more »


Gil Kinney: You know, if my foot could talk...
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Gil Kinney: ...it would say, "May I please go up this geek's ass!"
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Are You A Slacker? Actually, I'm A Presbyterian
14 July 2016 | by (Quis Ut Deus?) – See all my reviews

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The movie's greatest feature is it captures, admittedly to a lesser extent, the angst and anxiety of adolescence. Hughes does this by coming from oppositional poles (poor working class and rich pampered daughter). The movie's brevity makes it move well; it features two great cameos that are worth the viewing alone. Candy as the manager who thinks he is interviewing an 'operations manager' with Whaley adopting the 'boys' club' argot of brainless white collar management chit chat. Candy does so well here, watch it evaporate when he discovers he is interviewing the night cleanup boy. For me, William Forsythe may have a short role but he is drop dead funny. My header is spoken when he asks Whaley if he is a slacker at the point of a shotgun. Connoly is stunning to stare at, she looks even better than she did in the Rocketeer. Hughes' motif is the same as Breakfast Club, that however different adolescents are, they all share the commonality of oppressive expectations and ways of life their parents are putting before them. The best scenes in this short movie are when the two are sharing their unhappy lives. Whaley represses his unhappiness insisting he adores living at home. As the movie progresses, both of these quite different people learn to take an insight from the other. The robbery is quite background, Hughes uses it for more deepening of the characters.

Yes, detractors, it is admittedly a lesser work of his but far above Curly Sue or Dutch. Whaley's character is the town liar who is spouting an incessant stream of consciousness prattle about how he really is quite important. She helps him to see how full of crap he is and how he is hiding from making the important choices of life. The entire movie takes place inside a Target store at night; be warned, get ready for some serious product placement with the camera lingering upon the brand names. I always thought the movie was entertaining but it bombed because the resolving of the pain of choice theme was not presented as saliently as in Breakfast Club. The essence of the movie is like a much better movie this imitates: Heaven Knows Mr. Allison. The same two incredibly different people learning that they share the burdens of existence and finding their existential consanguinity. No, detractors, there are few drop dead funny moments with the glaring exception of the aforementioned William Forsythe NRA supervisor orientation lecture (I fired the last lazy ass). Yet, the dialog is consistently witty with plenty of good by-play as she helps him come out of this protective B.S. bubble he has wrapped around himself. The point of the robbery parallels Weird Science, both are 'make a man' moments of 'gear realization.'

It is quite short with a interesting, cute study taking us all back to those horribly painful years of not knowing what was ahead out there for us. This movie is easy to help you with, you will like it contingent upon how much you enjoyed The Breakfast Club. At its heart, this movie has the same thematic core: the walking through the door of childhood into adulthood with realistic anxiety and fear about the consequences of choosing incorrectly. It is like Allison because these two opposite people discover their commonalities that unite all human beings: the problem of existence. Yes, it is a lesser work of Hughes but I still place it far above Weird Science. It is quite down to earth without that movie's bizarre leaps into deep fantasy. I recommend it to you because, after a hard day, it will take you back to those horrible years of adolescence and cheer you right up. Trust me, for most of us, those were the worst years of our lives. If you get bored, do what I do, stare at gorgeous Connolly. It resonates because despite our superficial differences, the riddle of our path is before every one of us. Not That Bad Of A Movie. Q.E.D.

"Everything Has Been Figured Out Except How To Live." Jean Paul Sartre

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