DirectorBryan Gordon Initial DVD releaseOctober 27, 1998 Duration CountryUnited States
Release dateMarch 29, 1991 (1991-03-29) CastJennifer Connelly (Josie McClellan), Frank Whaley (Jim Dodge), Dermot Mulroney (Nestor Pyle), Kieran Mulroney (Gil Kinney), John M. Jackson (Bud Dodge), Jenny O'Hara (Dotty Dodge) Similar moviesJamon Jamon, Werckmeister Harmonies, The Captive
TaglineHe took the job that no one wanted... and got the girl that everyone did.
1991 career opportunities
Career Opportunities is a 1991 American romantic comedy film starring Frank Whaley in his first lead role and co-starring Jennifer Connelly. It was written and co-produced by John Hughes and directed by Bryan Gordon.
Jim Dodge is a self-proclaimed "people person" and dreamer who is perceived as lazy and good for nothing. After being fired from numerous low-paying jobs, Jim is given the choice by his father, Bud Dodge, to either land a job at the local Target or be put on a bus to St. Louis.
Jim is hired as night cleanup boy at Target. On his first shift at his new job, Jim is locked alone in the store by his boss, the head custodian, who leaves him there until his shift ends at 7 am. He encounters Josie McClellan, a stereotypical "spoiled rich girl" whom he has known all his life. Josie had spent the past several hours asleep in a dressing room after backing out of shoplifting some merchandise in a half-hearted attempt to run away from her abusive father, Roger Roy McClellan. Josie and Jim begin to connect with each other, realizing they are not so different. They begin to form a romantic relationship, and proceed to enjoy the freedom of having such a large store to themselves. Josie, having $52,000 in her purse, convinces Jim to run away with her to California as soon as they get out of the store in the morning. Meanwhile, Roger teams up with the town sheriff to search for his runaway daughter all night.
Things become complicated when two incompetent crooks, Nestor Pyle and Gil Kinney, break in and hold the two hostage. Eventually, Josie seduces one of the crooks and convinces him to take her with them after robbing the store. While the criminals are loading stolen merchandise into their car, Josie jumps into the front seat and drives away, leaving the two men stranded in the parking lot. Meanwhile, in the building, Jim loads up a shotgun found in the head custodian's locker and tricks Nestor and Gil by luring them to the back of the store and holding them at gunpoint.
In the morning, the sheriff arrives and stumbles upon the two crooks, having been tied up by Jim. Jim and Josie run away and we see them lounging next to a pool in Los Angeles.
Frank Whaley as Jim Dodge
Jennifer Connelly as Josie McClellan
Dermot Mulroney as Nestor Pyle
Kieran Mulroney as Gil Kinney
John M. Jackson as Bud Dodge
Jenny O'Hara as Dotty Dodge
Noble Willingham as Roger Roy McClellan
Barry Corbin as Officer Don
Wilbur Fitzgerald as Bob Bosenbeck
William Forsythe as the Store Custodian
John Candy (uncredited) as C.D. Marsh, the manager of the Target store
Career Opportunities was a modest success at the time of its release making $11,336,986 in the North American market.
Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 38% based on reviews from 16 critics.