I remember watching Career Opportunities in theaters during its initial theatrical run.
While the initial release didn’t make a huge splash, Career Opportunities is a true classic that I always stop and watch when I see it playing.
Directed by Bryan Gordon, Career Opportunities stars Jennifer Connelly, Frank Whaley, Dermot Mulrooney, John Candy, Kieran Mulrooney, and Barry Corbin.
I love Frank Whaley in this role. Whaley is an amazing character actor and is a great addition to any movie or TV show he stars in.
Of course, Jennifer Connelly is a major selling point, but I was extremely disappointed to hear of the marketing campaign in movies theaters. She is great in Career Opportunities, playing perfectly opposite Whaley.
This was my first introduction to Dermot Mulroney. He has such a range, and this is a prime example. William Forsythe commands the screen in every scene in every film that he’s done. I personally liked him the most in Extreme Prejudice.
The Target store is also a character in Career Opportunities. I grew up with a Target at our local mall. I would always think about this movie whenever I went into the store when I was younger.
Written by John Hughes, the legendary screenwriter of National Lampoon’s Vacation, Mr. Mom, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Home Alone, comes this hilarious film with maximum comedy at minimum wage! The town con (Frank Whaley, The Doors) and the town beauty (Jennifer Connelly, The Hot Spot) team up to outwit a half-wit pair of would-be burglars, real-life brothers Durmot Mulroney (Young Guns) and Kieran Mulroney (Nowhere to Run). Whaley stars as Jim Dodge, a smooth-talking small-town guy with a knack for putting up a front—but no talent for holding down a job. But Jim’s life suddenly takes a turn for the fantastic when he finds himself locked inside the local department store one night with Josie McClellan (Connelly), the daughter of the town’s wealthiest citizen, and two bumbling criminals. Directed by television veteran Bryan Gordon (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and co-starring Barry Corbin (My Science Project), William Forsythe (Raising Arizona), and comedy legend John Candy (Spaceballs) in an unbilled cameo.
Career Opportunities may not have many special features (see below), but what it does have is one of the most informative and entertaining audio commentaries. Have there been better commentaries with lots of participants? Erik Childress. He carries an engaging description of the film.
I learned a number of new things and was exposed to one of the most interesting subplots of the film that I had never taken into consideration before now.
NEW Audio Commentary by Chicago Critics Film Festival Producer Erik Childress