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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 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 ... 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 »

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Comedy | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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During the opening of the film where Jim is working at the animal shelter and inside Target while trying to capture the two Wanted brothers, he starts rambling about the JFK assassination and the mob. Frank Whaley would have a cameo in Oliver Stone's JFK as one of the fake Lee Harvey Oswalds in the film, which was released the same year as this film. See more »

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Jim and Josie find time to remove their rollerskates and put their shoes back on before hiding in the dressing room, See more »

Quotes

Jim Dodge: I hope you don't take this the wrong way. I've had dreams about you.
Josie: You've had dreams about me?
Jim Dodge: [defensively:] Not recently.
[shaking his head]
Jim Dodge: I've had... dreams about you in the past.
[blowing that off:]
Jim Dodge: I've had dreams about entire cheerleading squads, don't get me wrong.
[laughs]
Jim Dodge: Kid's stuff, you know. How about you?
Josie: Do I dream? It's about all I do.
[...]
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References Modern Times (1936) See more »

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Written by Ennio Morricone
From the motion picture soundtrack
Courtesy of EMI, a division of Capitol Records, Inc.
By arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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A weak comedy only worth seeing for Jennifer Connelly.
31 December 2006 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Frank Whaley plays Jim Dodge (Frank Whaley), a thoroughly annoying smart-mouthed wise-ass waste-of-space with a dead end job as a night janitor in a supermarket. Jennifer Connelly plays Josie McClellan (Jennifer Connelly), a poor little rich girl desperate to get away from her millionaire daddy (who beats her). When Josie chickens out of shoplifting at the last minute, she is locked in the shop for the night and meets Jim (as he roller-skates down an aisle in his boxers and a wedding veil!). Together they do a bit of collective soul-searching, swap sob stories and decide to run away together. However, their plans are interrupted somewhat when a couple of gun wielding thieves break into the store...

Despite being written by top teen-movie maker John Hughes and featuring a pretty decent cast (John Candy has a cameo and the two leads are both capable actors), Career Opportunities (AKA One Wild Night), is a rather weak comedy with irritating characters and very few laughs.

I, like most males who have reviewed this movie on IMDb, do agree, however, that it is worth viewing if you are a fan of Jennifer Connelly and her very impressive curves. The delectable JC looks stunning in a tight white vest and standout scenes include her rollerskating through the shop, and rocking slowly back and forth on a supermarket horse ride (a moment guaranteed to raise the blood pressure of all heterosexual men).

But of course, Ms. Connelly looking damn fine doesn't make this a great piece of film-making (just great eye-candy), and ultimately this is a rather desperate 'comedy' that comes nowhere near to the matching the quality of Hughes' 80s output.


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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

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,024,800, 31 March 1991

Gross USA:

$11,336,986

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,336,986
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Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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