I haven't seen such a beautifully written and enacted spoof in a while that breaches the borders of reality and actually inspires in a serious way. Compared to most 3 star rated movies on Amazon, I find it to be out of their league. 3 stars does not do this movie justice. I had avoided watching it for a while, because, often, when I try watching a 3 star rated movie, I can't make it all the way through. So, after being thrilled by the hard work the team put in to writing, producing, directing, acting, audio and music, filming, cinematography, editing, et al. of this very entertaining movie, I finally decided to do my part in getting the attention to movies that deserve it. It is ridiculously hard to create comedy like this...comedy that is not over the top, but delivers and has a message.
'Get a Job' is a breath of fresh air in comedy that matches real life trials for kids, a young working class, and the generations of people who grew up without the digital age and have to keep up to keep it real in the working world. I especially liked that they focused on the big problem we face with rewarding children for every thing that they do. (I'm a teacher and actually feel like I have to reward for poor behavior at times so that i don't get slain by parents, teachers, or the children themselves.)
I was actually just going through some memorabilia last night that my mom saved for me. I found old report cards that had all As and certificates rewarded for outstanding achievement in I can't tell you. When, as I recall, the majority of the kids in the school received these grades and certificates. (Thank God I finally got a C ribbon on my horrible, last minute, first try, cake, at the county fair instead of the slew of A ribbons I received each year for most of my entries. I felt like a failure before I started, as I should have with no practice or attendance whatsoever in cake making classes. I mean, come on, it was a D cake, poorly executed. But, gosh darn it, I was hoping for that B. "Please tell me I'm good at this thing I've never done before!")
We were taught that straight As, "Superior," meant we were doing what we were supposed to do, B's "Good," meant we weren't trying quite hard enough (which was probably the place you should be if you were alright and weren't ACTUALLY amazing at a subject, even though a C should be average and we still got an A for a bit of effort in crossing Ts), C's, "Average," meant we were jerking off and not trying hard enough, D's, "Poor," meant we were never going to succeed and were terrible humans, and E's and F's, "Failure," and somehow categorized together, meant that we were a menace to society and will only be a burden on everyone so an E might as well be an F and we were terrible humans. In other words, you'd better be the best, or you're the worst.
If I had actually received B's and C's where I should have, maybe even a D in my capacity to speak and write in German, I probably wouldn't have thought I could do all the things, but maybe would think I could do some of the things. And, then, I would focus on what I'm good at instead of what I want to be good at and I'd accomplish more. This system we have bleeds into our colleges and basically requires teachers to report things strangely in order to "meet the standards.": the good student as superior (you are AMAZING!!!!), the superior student as superior (sorry geniuses, all you get is an A+), the students who need a different learning environment ("E" and "F" learners) as students who should be expelled from school and sent to the alternative high school to learn the same stuff the same way, but with other outcasts (sorry amazing warriors, heroes who douse my fires and beasts who pull me out of ditches, keep my car running on paved roads and a roof over my head), and the actual average student as poor (have a high school degree and have a hard time earning over 12,000 a year? how about a post secondary degree and can't pay the rent and bills?, yeah I'm talking to you).
Who knows, a revamp of how we raise our children in the US may even help our country bring down our unemployment rates, close some of the income gaps and even get rid of some homelessness by helping "average" people feel like they are meaningful and not bad at everything!
post note. run on sentences, poor grammar, incomplete paragraphs, and overuse of parentheses was allll intentional (no mistakes about it), because, come on, I'm an AVERAGE writer and reviewer...even at a first review ever, right? Please tell me I'm good at this. go me. Where's my trophy?