Career Opportunities (1991)



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An irresponsible young man finds employment as a night-shift janitor at a department store. During his shift, he finds a young woman in the store after hours who is the daughter of a wealthy and abusive man and the two dream of impulsively heading for California together. Before they can leave, however, the store is broken into by thieves and they react accordingly.
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
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MCA Universal Home Video

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Frank Whaley
as Jim Dodge
Jennifer Connelly
as Josie McClellan
Dermot Mulroney
as Nestor Pyle
Kieran Mulroney
as Gil Kinney
John M. Jackson
as Bud Dodge
Jenny O'Hara
as Dotty Dodge
Noble Willingham
as Roger Roy McClellan
Nada Despotovich
as Penny Dodge
Reid Binion
as Cal Dodge
Barry Corbin
as Officer Don
Denise Galik
as Lorraine
Wilbur Fitzgerald
as Bob Bosenbeck
Dan Albright
as Dave Hockner
Andrew Winton
as 1st Boy
Andy Greenway
as 2nd Boy
RonReaco Lee
as 3rd Boy
Danny Nelson
as Gas Station Owner
William Forsythe
as Custodian
Lou Walker
as Farmer in Cafe
Benji Wilhoite
as Stock Boy
Heidi Meyer Gilbert
as Girl in Car
Troy M. Gilbert
as Boy in Car
John Candy
as Store Manager
Paige Pollack
as Voiceover
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Critic Reviews for Career Opportunities

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

[The film] has plenty of absorbing characters, smart, snappy dialog and delightful stretches of comic foolery.

Full Review… | January 8, 2008
Top Critic

Scenes like the one in which Jimmy's father eats fried chicken dipped in peanut butter should appeal to kids of all ages.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Jennifer Connelly is very easy to look at. Career Opportunities isn't.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Career Opportunities plays like a hodgepodge of Hughes' greatest hits.

Full Review… | April 16, 2012
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

If we didn't know from other, better Hughes movies what the themes and emotional registers were supposed to be, it's hard to say that this would be able to supply them itself.

Full Review… | November 12, 2011
Antagony & Ecstasy

Let's be honest, the only reasons to watch this movie are Jennifer Connelly in a skintight tank top rollerskating and riding an electric pony.

Full Review… | July 29, 2010
Three Movie Buffs

Audience Reviews for Career Opportunities

Nice good time. A good chance to see Frank Whaley talent in this characteristic Hughes romantic comedy.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


I loved this light romantic comedy, Connelly is beautiful and charming and cute, and it's funny, what's not to like?

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


I was slightly obsessed with Frank Whaley at the time I watched this and so that made it enjoyable enough for me to sit through it. Other than that, it was extremely lame. Bad dialogue, silly plot, no chemistry between Connelly and Whaley etc...

Lauren Donis
Lauren Donis

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