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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.

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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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Storyline

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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He took the job that no one wanted...and got the girl that everyone did. 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Dermot and Kieran Mulroney who play the wanted criminals in this film are brothers in real life. See more »

Goofs

After Jim counts the $52,000 he goes to smell the money, which reveals the bottom bills are $1 bills, not $100. See more »

Quotes

Josie: I don't think you see what I'm getting at.
Jim Dodge: I see what you're getting at. I'm a lying monk with an Oedipus complex and an appetite for home cooking. Don't forget, you are the indecisive shoplifter.
Josie: [elated jump] Yes! Exactly! I would do anything to be in your shoes.
Jim Dodge: These are Darnell's shoes.
Josie: You know, you have freedom, and you're not using it. It makes me sad.
Jim Dodge: Well, you have the collective wealth of the entire town, and you're trying to get yourself arrested, now that makes me sad.
Josie: It makes me ...
[...]
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Referenced in Dawson's Creek: Castaways (2003) See more »

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Nothing On My Mind
Written by Tim Brinkhurst
Performed by Soho
Courtesy of Atco Records
By arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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