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Something Screwy Is Going on with Anna Kendrick and Bryan Cranston's Shelved for Years 'Get a Job'

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | July 15, 2016 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | July 15, 2016 |

I’ve had my eye on a movie called Get a Job for years, if only because of the cast. It stars Anna Kendrick, Miles Teller, Bryan Cranston, Alison Brie, John Cho, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Marcia Gay Harden, John McGinley, and even Hurley from Lost. It was shot way back in 2012, and it looked like it’d never see the light of day. I remember Anna Kendrick telling Marc Maron on a podcast maybe two years ago that she had no idea what happened to the movie or if it would ever be released.

Earlier this year, it got a release date in March, and despite a few reviews from critics, I have seen no evidence that it actually made it into theaters. Box Office Mojo doesn’t have a page for it, and there’s no evidence of box-office receipts for the film on IMDB.

But I did see a trailer for Get a Job before Ghostbusters last night, which suggests that someone is thinking about releasing it into theaters.

They probably shouldn’t.

Anna Kendrick, who will be 31 years-old next month, shot this when she was 27, and plays a 22-year-old who gets fired from her job just as her struggling boyfriend lands a job. It’s a great cast, and director Dylan Kidd made the decent Rodger Dodger, but it’s clear from just the trailer that this movie is a disaster.

I have no earthly idea why this trailer was attached to Ghosbusters in my theater, especially since you can already rent it on Amazon for $.99. Does someone think they can resurrect a dead title that’s already been released on VOD and make a few extra bucks off of it in theaters because of the popular cast?

Something screwy is going on here.

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