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Get a Job (2011)

Not Rated | | 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.


Brian Kohne


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Credited cast:
Willie K. Kahaiali'i Willie K. Kahaiali'i ... William (as Willie K. Kahaiali'I)
Eric Gilliom Eric Gilliom ... Merton
Carolyn Omine Carolyn Omine ... Laura
Augie Tulba Augie Tulba ... Cousin Bully
Jake Shimabukuro Jake Shimabukuro ... Gameboy
Mick Fleetwood ... Unemployed Band Member
Henry Kapono Ka'aihue Henry Kapono Ka'aihue ... Laura's Dad
Patrick Simmons Patrick Simmons ... Unemployed Band Member
Willie Nelson ... Wedding Band Member
Bill Kohne Bill Kohne ... Mama's Waiter
Stefan C. Schaefer ... Stefanya
Kealoha Kealoha ... Bus Washing Poet
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Germaine Balino Germaine Balino ... Hula Dancer at wedding
Ernie Cruz Jr. Ernie Cruz Jr. ... Kava Bar Singer
Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom ... Wedding Vocalist


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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Release Date:

27 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Maui, Hawaii, USA

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Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


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


Merton: I gotta hump a ladder?
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Featured in Only Wanna Party (2015) See more »

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Hawaiian Movie Released to DVD and VOD
20 June 2013 | by Barbara BushtaSee all my reviews

'Martin and Lewis' are revisited in Hawaii Comedy Barbara Bushta Schoolcraft College LIVONIA-- We've got some summer fun in the new comedy indie that bills itself as, "Hawaii's first major motion picture comedy." GET A JOB is madcap fun in Hawaii.

The protagonists are Willie K and Eric Gilliom. Willie K is the straight man to Eric Gilliom's crazy, burned-out surfer character. Willie K is a job search agent who keeps sending Gilliom on various employment searches. Gilliom is a surfer, out-of-water, who needs a job to help his Hawaiian auntie. There is also a subplot about Willie K trying to marry his girlfriend Laura (Carolyn Omine).

Willie K and Gilliom remind you of some of the 'Martin and Lewis' motion picture comedies from the 50's. This would play well in France also. One of the best bits entails Gilliom driving a school bus full of Japanese tourists. Ukulele sensation, Jake Shimabukuro, steals the scene. The bus is being chased by a crazed Maui cop, Augie T. This Filipino comic is a very real and he has plenty of likable sequences.

The duo gets into numerous funny and silly situations. Some are PG-humorous and some are soft R-rated fun. Gilliom becomes the comedy center of the film. The soundtrack is great and summer-fun bouncy. The music is one of the film's best assets and there are cameos from Mick Fleetwood, Willie Nelson and Pat Simmons.

Of course, there is the beautiful Hawaiian scenery throughout the film. The movie ends with a hilarious wedding scene. Cinematographer, Dan Hersey, gets kudos and praises for plenty of close-ups.

Written and directed by Brian Kohne, GET A JOB is good-natured fun for the summer party and backyard bar-b-que crowd.


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