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American Job (1996)

American Job is a narrative film about Randy Scott, a youth caught in the dismal confusion of living and working in the world of minimum wage. American Job follows main character Randy ... See full summary »

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Chris Smith
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Credited cast:
Randy Russell Randy Russell ... The American Worker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matt Collier Matt Collier
Ed English Ed English
Gary Ganakas Gary Ganakas
Dan Layne Dan Layne
Eric Lezotte Eric Lezotte
Dave O'Meara Dave O'Meara
Charlie Smith Charlie Smith
Tom Wheeler Tom Wheeler
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American Job is a narrative film about Randy Scott, a youth caught in the dismal confusion of living and working in the world of minimum wage. American Job follows main character Randy Scott through a number of low wage jobs: factory worker, fast food dishwasher, third shift inventory specialist, motel room custodian and telemarketer. We live with Randy through these jobs and witness the pain, absurdity and sheer boredom of minimum wage work. Written by Tuxlie

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USA

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22 January 1996 (USA) See more »

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underrated and oddly hypnotic
31 October 2000 | by jpglynn-2See all my reviews

While not as slick (?) or well done as Smith's follow-up "American Movie", this LOW low-budget piece has a charm all its own. While we sympathize with the main character, we don't care if his situation improves. In fact, we hope he continues his aimless sampling of dead-end jobs just so we can tag along.

The real treasures are the conversations Randy has with his fellow loser co-workers. Though probably unintentional (because the acting is so bad), the characters' delivery of vacuous conversation has a unique tempo reminiscent of a Coen Brothers script, though not as extreme a caricature.

Smith tries too hard to shine light on the banality of everyday tasks with several montages of brushing teeth, driving, walking from place to place, etc. The resulting scenes drag on the already sluggish pace, but the destinations (the encounters with idiotic colleagues and superiors) make it worth the wait.

It isn't (as far as I know) out on video, but you might find it on the Independent Film Channel from time to time.


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