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Millennial Work-Comedy ‘Get a Job’ Is Not a Special Snowflake That’s Bound to Succeed

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Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to woeful work millennials go in Get a Job, a wretched excuse for a comedy that wails over the plight of L.A. twentysomethings who spend their days taking bong hits, watching porn, and playing Halo — when they’re not smugly goofing off at their jobs, that is — all because, the film insists, their coddling parents gave them participation trophies and told them they were “special.”

Splitting time between various roommates dully modeled after those in Knocked Up, Dylan Kidd’s story primarily focuses on Will (Miles Teller), a YouTube video-maker who acts like an entitled brat and yet somehow keeps climbing the corporate ladder at an executive job-placement firm, while his girlfriend (Anna Kendrick) laments his lack of drive and his go-getter father (Bryan Cranston) struggles with unexpected unemployment.

Shot like a typically ugly Adam Sandler effort and so clumsily stitched together that it feels as if large plot chunks litter the editing-room floor, the film alternates between pitiful puerile outrageousness (deer semen! Strip clubs! Pimps and penises!) and spoiled-youth wish-fulfillment fantasy.

Laughs are sparser than career options, so you might lament the fact that so many established talents — including John C. McGinley, Alison Brie, Marc Maron, and Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden — lent their talents to such low-grade dreck.

Get a Job

Directed by Dylan Kidd

Lions Gate

Opens March 25, AMC Empire 25

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