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Get a Job (2011)

 -  Comedy  -  27 January 2011 (USA)
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In order to save his own job, an employment agent has to find work for the most unemployable man on Maui.



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Credited cast:
Willie K. Kahaiali'I ...
Carolyn Omine ...
Augie Tulba ...
Cousin Bully
Jake Shimabukuro ...
Unemployed Band Member
Henry Kapono Ka'aihue ...
Laura's Dad
Patrick Simmons ...
Unemployed Band Member
Wedding Band Member
Bill Kohne ...
Mama's Waiter
Kealoha ...
Bus Washing Poet
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Cruz Jr. ...
Kava Bar Singer
Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom ...
Wedding Vocalist
Charles Ka'upu ...


To save his job as an employment agent, former musician William (Willie K) must get a job for Merton (Eric Gilliom), a bumbling man-child who surfs every day in a place where there are no waves. Meanwhile, William's long-time girlfriend, Laura (Carolyn Omine), cooks up a half-baked scheme to drag her man to the altar. Fueling the fun is a colorful cast of islanders including a traffic cop (Augie T), a tourist (Jake Shimabukuro), and unemployed musician (Mick Fleetwood), ans cameos by Willie Nelson and Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers. Written/directed by Maui's Brian Kohne, Get A Job 'is a name droppers delight - a who's who of Hawaiian musicians and entertainers" (Hawaii Tribune-Herald) with a tropical soundtrack by the award-winning Barefoot Natives. It's a multi-cultural plate-lunch of surprise and hilarity certain to leave you smiling and hungry for more! Written by Cicala Filmworks

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Director Brian Kohne produced two "Barefoot Natives" albums with Willie K and Eric Gilliom. See more »


Merton: Before I met you, I didn't know what I wanted to be when I grow up. But now, I know. I want to surf, every day, for the rest of my life.
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Lots of laughs with this one...
19 May 2013 | by (Ann Arbor, MI) – See all my reviews

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Michigan-- I came across this very funny movie while reading a review in the Clare County Recorder. As I was enjoying the serenity of Northern Mid-Michigan and a cup of Irish coffee at the famous Doherty Hotel, I became intrigued by GET A JOB the movie. The first eye-opener, was noticing all the star-power in GET A JOB. Yes, I was impressed.

The leads, Willie K, and Eric Gilliom deserve a sequel. The film was well received in their Film Festival run, including getting a top honor at the Las Vegas International Film Festival. Most importantly, I came across some of their previous music and I was sold. Willie K and Eric Gilliom are veterans on the Pacific entertainment circuit. They also have had some award winning CD's as the BAREFOOT NATIVES. The movie journey has William (Willie K), an employment agent, who is trying to save his own job. He can do it if he finds a job for the stumble-bum Merton (Gilliom). Watch for the Japanese granny scene mid-movie, the sequence steals the show.

How did writer/director Brian Kohne pull all this all together? I do not know but I sure enjoyed the ride. The movie entertained thoroughly. The team of Willie K and Gilliom reminded me of 'Lewis and Martin'. The Maui musical entertainers were as spectacular as a Hawaiian sunset. The movie camera lens showed an underground Hawaii and sustained the laughs throughout.

The goat scenes and 'Goat Wrestling' championships had me howling. Maui is sure more than beaches, sunrises and umbrella drinks. The movie showcased how regular folks have to make a living.

I noticed also in the trades that GET A JOB has received a nomination for a 2013 Na Hoku Hanohano award (Hawaiian Grammy) for the movie soundtrack. Another featured artist in the movie, Amy Hanaiali'i, and world renowned ukulele player, Jake Shimabukuro, also got nominations. Augie T, added some comedic support in the film. I was even more surprised when Mick Fleetwood opened the finale wedding band scene pounding percussions. The cameos by Willie Nelson and Pat Simmons were an added bonus. I knew of Carolyn Omine's fame from the Simpsons on FOX-TV. What a thrill to see some girl-power. Again, the movie screams sequel and the soundtrack gets raves.

The GET A JOB musical soundtrack was so compelling; I went to the movie website and bought the DVD and CD. It was cheaper than a Hawaiian vacation and I can enjoy the experience over and over.

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