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Career Opportunities [DVD] [1991]

John Hughes strip-mines familiar terrain -- in this case his own past successes -- in this comedy that Hughes produced and scripted, directed by Bryan Gordon. Frank Whaley stars as Jim Dodge, a 21-year-old con-man who goes from job to job but likes to put on a facade of success. As Career Opportunities begins, he has just been fired from another job and has been hired by the local Target store manager (played by an un-credited John Candy) as the night cleanup boy. After the manager locks Jim in the store overnight, he goes on a binge -- playing with the skates, eating candy, watching television, and blasting the stereos. But then Jim discovers that he is not the only person in the store. Also there is rich girl Josie McClellan (Jennifer Connelly) who is spending the night in the store to get her father worried about her. Although Jim knew Josie in high school, when Josie wouldn't even give him the time of day, here they click like two castanets and they romp around the store aisles to a pounding rock score. But just at the moment when Jim and Josie plan to run away together with the $52,000 Josie holds in her purse, two low-rent comic thieves -- Nestor Pyle (Dermot Mulroney) and Gil Kinney (Kieran Mulroney) -- break into the store and Jim and Josie decide to stick it out, saving the store from the bumbling crooks.
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    Career Opportunities
    John Hughes strip-mines familiar terrain -- in this case his own past successes -- in this comedy that Hughes produced and scripted, directed by Bryan Gordon. Frank Whaley stars as Jim Dodge, a 21-year-old con-man who goes from job to job but likes to put on a facade of success. As Career Opportunities begins, he has just been fired from another job and has been hired by the local Target store manager (played by an un-credited John Candy) as the night cleanup boy. After the manager locks Jim in the store overnight, he goes on a binge -- playing with the skates, eating candy, watching television, and blasting the stereos. But then Jim discovers that he is not the only person in the store. Also there is rich girl Josie McClellan (Jennifer Connelly) who is spending the night in the store to get her father worried about her. Although Jim knew Josie in high school, when Josie wouldn't even give him the time of day, here they click like two castanets and they romp around the store aisles to a pounding rock score. But just at the moment when Jim and Josie plan to run away together with the $52,000 Josie holds in her purse, two low-rent comic thieves -- Nestor Pyle (Dermot Mulroney) and Gil Kinney (Kieran Mulroney) -- break into the store and Jim and Josie decide to stick it out, saving the store from the bumbling crooks. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Frank Whaley
      Frank Whaley - Jim Dodge
    • Jennifer Connelly
      Jennifer Connelly - Josie McClellan
    • Dermot Mulroney
      Dermot Mulroney - Nestor Pyle
    • John M. Jackson
      John M. Jackson - Bud Dodge
    • Kieran Mulroney
      Kieran Mulroney - Gil Kinney



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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Rare Gem from John Hughes

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      Tigon

      The movie is a splicing of 'Ferris Bueller' with 'Breakfast Club' in a department store. Latter Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly is stunning for a sweet low-key film. The movie has a mild cult following for '90's fans, but the direction is choppy in select scenes. The ending is also a bit too quick paced and rushed for what it could have proven a better good v. evil fight. Inoffensive most of time. Couldn't obtain movie extras on my disc.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      i love this movie!

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      sleppygirl

      wow what a cool movie a boy and a real pretty girl get locked in Target they spend alot of time together while 2 robbers got them armed i love this movie i really do and Jennifer Conelly is so beautiful as the girl Josie she realy is!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      another John Hughes classic

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      LA333
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      This movie is building its staying power and becoming a classic, entertaining with good performances from the lead actors, a joy to watch!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      classic John Hughes

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      Jackson
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      entertaining movie! if you enjoy John Hughes catalog then you will enjoy this movie as well!

      I would recommend this to a friend


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