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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[The film] has plenty of absorbing characters, smart, snappy dialog and delightful stretches of comic foolery."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Career Opportunities plays like a hodgepodge of Hughes' greatest hits."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"An entertaining film with interesting characters the viewer can actually care about."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Paper-thin premise entertains thanks to a game Whaley and a luminous Connelly."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Scenes like the one in which Jimmy's father eats fried chicken dipped in peanut butter should appeal to kids of all ages."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"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."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Mediocre teen pic, with a memorable Connelly performance"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Aside from the interminable music videos, set to a constant, very loud Top-40 soundtrack, much of the film is so surrealistic and weird that you may think certain scenes are meant to be of daydreams."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Jennifer Connelly is very easy to look at. Career Opportunities isn't."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"Tolerable only for Jennifer Connelly."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
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