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Career Opportunities (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 29 March 1991 (USA)
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Jim is the dorky son of a local cement contractor who lives at home and has no direction. Josie is the gorgeous daughter of a wealthy businessman who dreams of leaving town. They find they have a lot in common.


Bryan Gordon


John Hughes
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Whaley ... Jim Dodge
Jennifer Connelly ... Josie McClellan
Dermot Mulroney ... Nestor Pyle
Kieran Mulroney ... Gil Kinney
John M. Jackson ... Bud Dodge
Jenny O'Hara ... Dotty Dodge
Noble Willingham ... Roger Roy McClellan
Nada Despotovich Nada Despotovich ... Penny Dodge
Reid Binion Reid Binion ... Cal Dodge
Barry Corbin ... Officer Don
Denise Galik ... Lorraine (as Denise Galik-Furey)
Wilbur Fitzgerald ... Bob Bosenbeck
Dan Albright ... Dave Hockner
Marc Clement Marc Clement ... Otis
Andrew Winton Andrew Winton ... Boy #1


Jim is the dorky son of a local cement contractor who lives at home and has no direction. Josie is the gorgeous daughter of a wealthy businessman who dreams of leaving town. When Jim is locked inside a Target store on his first night as the overnight janitor, he discovers Josie, who fell asleep while contemplating shoplifting. Now locked in together, the pair learns they have a lot in common. Little do they know that two petty criminals are on the lam and looking for a place to hide. Written by <TSPAJB@Lure.LaTrobe.edu.au>

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Maximum comedy at minimum wage! See more »


Comedy | Romance


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One of the rare John Hughes directed, produced or written films to be shot in Anamorphic 2:35.1 aspect ratio which was even rarer for a comedy during this period. The other film was "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" which he directed for the first time in the format after filming his other films "Sixteen Candles" (his directorial debut), "The Breakfast Club" and "Weird Science" in 1:85.1 which was more common for comedies. His later projects such as "101 Dalmatians", "Just Visiting" and "Drillbit Taylor" were later shot in this format albeit in regular Anamorphic 2:35.1 or Super 35. See more »


While walking at gunpoint between the electronics department and the snack bar, Josie finds time to put on a bra. See more »


Jim Dodge: Any little fraulein who expects anything more from me than a little bit of pleasure, a little bit of danger, and a great set of pectorals, she's lookin for a fall right on her ass.
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Don't Quit
Written by Jimmy "Senya" Haynes
Performed by Caron Wheeler
Courtesy of EMI, a division of Capitol Records, Inc.
By arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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Not Perfect, but Fun
25 August 2009 | by Ziglet_mirSee all my reviews

One of John Hughes' underrated gems! I rented this movie already possessing knowledge of what it was about, who was in it, and what other people thought about it from their comments. "Career Opportunities," had plenty of laughs along with some deeper, emotional setback drawn out between Whaley and Connelly, who of course both played their parts VERY well. And every other guy who hasn't seen a young Jennifer Connelly... should. The story unfolds smoothly as we find out more about the lives of two small town people.

It's a movie where the characters are trying to understand where the rich, abused, dreaming, "tease" and dweebish, hopeful, incompetent "town liar" come from. There is also a sweet connection they develop from just talking about their lives and how they've changed since they last met. The more we hear and develop feelings for these two confused people, the more we can illustrate their current dilemma of being trapped within the lives that their families want them to live.

The soundtrack was pretty great! One of the best soundtracks I have heard in a comedy.

Dermot and Kieran Mulroney did a nice job playing some goofy small town crooks. However I thought the whole burglar part of the movie could have been achieved in better ways-- but it is what it is.

If you do watch this film look out for a cameo appearance from John Candy as the Target Team manager who gives Whaley his janitor position. Very funny... and casual.

Altogether, very well done and VERY underrated. I still don't understand why Whaley didn't become a bigger star after this movie such as Broderick did with Ferris Bueller. And OK, so maybe not perfect, but there are MUCH worse movies out there. "Career Opportunities" is a fun film that should be watched if you're a fan of John Hughes' work.

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Release Date:

29 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Wild Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,024,800, 31 March 1991

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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