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Career Opportunities Reviews

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January 31, 2018
Teenagers...writer, director, producer John Hughes sure had a lot to say about that time in our lives. So is this one of those coming of age tales? Well it was meant to be but, as hollywood tends to do; things got way off track. This had a lot of potential to be a classic struggling boy meets confused girl and together they figure out the pieces to each others puzzle. I do really admire those type of films but this...this doesn't quite connect the dots. Something got lost in the go between. It really plays out like a movie that didn't get finished. Like the writer forgot to add the really important parts. Which in reality it seems like big shot movie executives took creative control away from the writer, in this case the legendary John Hughes. Really quite sad that it turned out this way, because the last chunk of the film is just rushed and throw away nonsense. While the other parts of the move suggest something deep is about to develop. some break through character moment, but that doesnt happen, instead we just get slapstick and cheese. It feels like a movie that wanted badly to be a romance but instead was transformed into a total kid flick. awkward to say the least. Good god I love Jennifer Connelly. What a waste.
April 22, 2017
Whaley and Connelly are wonderful and have great chemistry. The first half of the movie is absolutely awesome. The second half when they are robbed is just awful. The two thieves are annoying. Good but not great.
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½ April 2, 2017
Frank Whaley is likable as a perpetual truth stretcher who takes a job is there overnight janitor at a target where he encounters beautiful Richgirl and want to be shoplifter Jennifer Connelly. they spend the night talking about each other's problems iand breaking down and breaking down their
misconceptions of one another. John Hughes's script still has some moments of teen insight that he was allotted for in the 80s but The fact is nothing really happens Plugwise here , which was obviously a concern to him hence the unwise introduction of two Deadly criminals during the last act. So this movie hasn't remembered fondly alongside 16 candles or the breakfast club instead people with good reason tender remember Tonnele his face which is shown in the close up more times than I can count , and her mesmerizing ride on the hobbyhorse, although the roller skating scene and especially the its hilarious expected conclusion/collision is my favorite moment.
½ February 4, 2017
A fun and carefree comedy that mostly takes place in a Target store. Frank Whaley is amusing. (First and only viewing - 5/20/2013)
November 21, 2016
Call me a sucker for John Hughes films and Jennifer Connelly, but I had a fun time.
November 3, 2016
Frank Whaley is both, charismatically funny, and incredibly obnoxious, also, the film never takes itself too seriously (even for a comedy written by John Hughes) but the fun moments are quite enjoyable and, yeah, there's also Jennifer Connelly...
½ October 9, 2016
The last teen comedy from John Hughes. The year before produced the worldwide phenomenon "Home Alone," which changed the face of family filmmaking (for better AND worse) and whose success Hughes would seek to replicate for the rest of his career to increasingly diminishing returns. But this film is the last time the man who was hailed as a genius for showing the humor and heartbreak in growing up in his films would ever come near the subject again...and it's a shame it's not very good. Frank Whaley and Jennifer Connelly became major superstars but not because of this. Despite the fact that everybody wanted a piece of John Hughes at this point, this film came and went with almost NO notice. It's easy to see why. John had already wrung considerable amounts of dramedy from the premise of "boy and girl from opposite sides of the tracks realize they're not so different after all." Only HERE, there's a heist element that comes barging in unexpectedly toward the midway point. Unlike later Hughes films in the "Home Alone" vein, this element may not feel tacked on, but it ultimately reveals the terrible identity crisis this movie never resolves. As a result, it's non-essential viewing. If it weren't the last of it's breed from a man who went on to spend the rest of his career trying to do "Home Alone" again, it would probably never would have been seen ever again.
September 16, 2016
In a clear attempt to duplicate the know-it-all charm of Ferris Bueller, with the smirking asides and penchant to buck against the system, career opportunities succeeds at giving that character a more complete personal arc but fails pretty much everywhere else. Unlikable and unfunny; one of the movies only truly redeeming qualities is the almost angelic presence of a young Jennifer Connelly
½ August 25, 2016
Hard movie to review: it was fun to watch, especially in the beginning, but then it veers off the rails and heads into a directionless plot with two people hanging out in Target. It really fails on all levels: plot, romantic comedy, thriller, observation on two lost souls, quirky indie picture.
Still, it's fun to watch Frank Whaley crash into things on roller skates.
June 14, 2016
This is literally one of my all time favorite comedies of all time as well as one of my all time favorite movies... Frank Whaley was another underrated actor... he truly was hilariously funny in this film... & Jennifer Connelly was simply beautiful.
March 20, 2016
This was the first time I saw the incredible looking Jennifer Connelly. She was definitely a WOW! The best looking woman ever on a movie screen.

But beyond that, the movie itself, was better than most give it credit for.

I have watched it many times. I know where the movie ends and when I watch it now, it seems like an obvious ending. The ending location is no accident and ties to what takes place in the movie and it even ties to the title.

People who do not see how this movie is good, need to consider the ending location and how the misread talents of Jim Dodge, who is mistakenly called "liar", when his talent is more than lying, and the talent of Josie McClelland who is mistakenly called "tease", when her talent is similar to Jim Dodge and more than simply being a tease.

No - this movie is not similar to Home Alone, it has a different concept.

If it seems I am being cryptic, let me spell it out clearly.
Jim Dodge is called a liar, but he demonstrates he has a talent for


Josie McClelland is called a Tease but she demonstrates a talent for


The movie with the title Career Opportunities has these two characters who demonstrate a talent for acting winding up in Hollywood California. And that ending location was no accident or coincidence.
December 28, 2015
12/28/2015: Not a great movie, but Connelly is amazing.
½ November 4, 2015
Career Opportunities, bien que réalisé par Bryan Gordon, signe le retour en forme en 1991 d'un John Hughes qui mélange deux de ses succès (un adolescent à la Ferris Bueller coincé une nuit dans un supermarché où deux malfaiteurs entrent pour le braquer) pour en faire une comédie d'1h20 où Frank Whaley et Jennifer Connelly brillent. On est loin de ses études sociologiques un peu désuètes et beaucoup plus dans une comédie burlesque extrêmement bien rythmée et surtout sans arrière-pensées. On y trouve même une apparition de l'excellent John Candy et une bande-son typique de ce genre de film. Career Opportunities est donc beaucoup plus simple que Ferris Bueller, beaucoup moins long (et beaucoup plus réussi) qu'Home Alone. Pas forcément inoubliable, il en reste un très bon moment.
October 5, 2015
At least we can enjoy the eye candy of a young Jennifer Connolly for 80 minutes.
August 2, 2015
Easily one of John Hughes's worst movies. Not much goes on and it's characters are either bland or stupid. Whaley's okay but annoying at times yet oddly likeable but he didn't have much to work with. John Candy gives the best performance of the film in a cameo.

Only reason why to watch this is to see Jennifer Conally at her sexiest. Not many wears a skintight white tank top without a bra more convincingly. It makes one truely wonder what if Jennifer instead decided to become a sex symbol/sexiest woman in hollywood instead of becoming a better actress. At one point in time she had the total goods.

Acting wise she is very green here but you see her potential of what came later on..
July 14, 2015
Should I be embarassed to say this is one of me and my friends' all time favorite movies? A.) I LOVE the being locked in Target concept. From trying out all the Games, trying out the products, eating the free food while using the silverware and plates that are suposed to be on sale in the store. Rollerskating through the aisles, turning the lights on and off, blasting the music, using the storewide intercom to give fake speeches, riding bikes etc....I want to be "night clean up Guy!! B.) SO many quotable lines: "Excuse me, I have to clean dead flies out of the lighting fixtures", "May I have this laundered? It smells a bit like Darnell", ."Reverend Harwell gave me the finger last week", and my all time favorite when the guy is leaving Jim alone in the store "You better stay out of the ladies undergoods". C.) Most of the cast is GREAT! Especially Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friends Wedding) as one of the thieves. Frank Whaley is a riot as the loser, and Jennifer Connelly is calm and cool as the beautiful love interest who hates her father. True - besides the one liners, the writing/story line is really lame, and it's no movie masterpiece b any means, but it's DAMN funny. Watch it for some easy laughs!
June 12, 2015
Jennifer Connely Brightens up all her movies. This one has good writing and directing.
June 8, 2015
I certainly agree with this -> "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."
April 1, 2015
Connelly looks great but little else does in this lost comedy.
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