Ask, and you shall receive. If you build it, they will come. We’re sure one of those phrases applies to “Get A Job,” the first feature film in quite awhile from “Rodger Dodger” helmer Dylan Kidd.
First cropping up over a month ago with a bunch of names being eyed to join the film — Miles Teller, Anna Kendrick, Bryan Cranston, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Jay Pharaoh — well, it seems Kidd is getting his way. CBS Films has confirmed the earlier trade report with Teller taking the lead, and have added that all the above on board for the movie in addition to “Community” star Alison Brie and Brandon T. Jackson (“Tropic Thunder,” “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief“). If you’re going to make a comeback after a long hiatus from feature filmmaking, you couldn’t ask for a better cast.
Penned by Kyle Pennekamp and Scott Turpel, the film will follow four recent college graduates who discover that their lofty expectations and the realities of adulthood are two very different things. Teller will play Will Davis, who finds his true calling after struggling through an entry level job. Kendrick plays Jillian Stewart, Will’s type-A girlfriend, who lives her life according to the strictest of plans. Cranston plays Roger Davis, Will’s father who is hunting for a job at the same time as his son. Braun, Mintz-Plasse and Jackson will play Will’s three friends, (Charlie, Ethan and Luke, respectively), each of whom find careers with some interesting results. Brie will play Tanya, one of the group’s sharp-witted co-workers. Pharoah will play Skeezy D, who starts his own recession-proof business.
While it all feels a bit too on the nose (recession! job hunting! Kendrick playing a type-A personality!) we’re hoping both the cast and material will elevate it into something more, and we’re just glad Kidd is back. Still no word on Jesse Eisenberg doing his “Rodger Dodger” helmer a solid and popping up in a cameo, but we figure that’s one they’re gonna keep secret as long as they can. Filming starts next week.