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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.

Director:

Bryan Gordon

Writer:

John Hughes
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Cast

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 Dan Albright ... Dave Hockner
Marc Clement Marc Clement ... Otis
Andrew Winton Andrew Winton ... Boy #1
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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. 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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Wild Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$11,336,986
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The gun in the janitor's locker that Jim uses to fire off in the store is the same gun model used by Arnold Schwarzenegger as seen in Terminator 2: Judgement Day. See more »

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

Quotes

Josie: Big store.
Jim Dodge: Huge.
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Featured in Honest Trailers: Labyrinth (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wanna Stay Home
Written by Andy Sturmer (as A. Sturmer)
Performed by Jellyfish (as Jelly Fish)
Courtesy of Charisma Records America, Inc.
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Misunderstood Picaresque Masterpiece!
13 February 2002 | by spumcoSee all my reviews

"Career Opportunities" is not only one of the finest films of the Last Great Golden Age Of American Cinema--the early 1990s, specifically, 1991 ("Another You", "For The Boys", "Highlander 2: The Quickening"--do I have to list more?), it might just one day revered as the "O Lucky Man" of the post-Reagan "grunge" era. A surrealist, even MAGICAL REALIST parable/satire on American Consumerism and our collective enslavement to petty bourgeois dreams of success, with a touch of "La Dolce Vita" tossed in for added subtext, with the lovely OSCAR-NOMINATED Connelly as Anita Ekberg, representing the impossible female ideal that will remain forever out of reach until our hero, Whalley's milquetoast Candide, renounces the evils of capitalism. Connelly's ride atop a coin-operated pony is Hughes' nod to Sylvia's romp through the fountain in Rome, and his oft-misunderstood casting of the Mulroneys are a post-modern riff on Fellini's Virgin Mary thread, although instead, the brothers embody a different Biblical allusion--to that of the parable of Cain and Abel. Sigh--I'll be defending this one until the end of my autumn years.

But oh, that white tank top...


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