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Career Opportunities (1991)



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An irresponsible young man finds employment as a night-shift janitor at a department store. During his shift, he finds a young woman in the store after hours who is the daughter of a wealthy and abusive man and the two dream of impulsively heading for California together. Before they can leave, however, the store is broken into by thieves and they react accordingly.

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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
Nada Despotovich
as Penny Dodge
Reid Binion
as Cal Dodge
Barry Corbin
as Officer Don
Denise Galik
as Lorraine
Wilbur Fitzgerald
as Bob Bosenbeck
Dan Albright
as Dave Hockner
RonReaco Lee
as 3rd Boy
Danny Nelson
as Gas Station Owner
Lou Walker
as Farmer in Cafe
Benji Wilhoite
as Stock Boy
Troy M. Gilbert
as Boy in Car
John Candy
as Store Manager
Paige Pollack
as Voiceover
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Critic Reviews for Career Opportunities

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

[The film] has plenty of absorbing characters, smart, snappy dialog and delightful stretches of comic foolery.

January 8, 2008 | Full Review…

Scenes like the one in which Jimmy's father eats fried chicken dipped in peanut butter should appeal to kids of all ages.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Jennifer Connelly is very easy to look at. Career Opportunities isn't.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

[Connelly] goes a long way toward making Career Opportunities watchable.

June 27, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The fact that John Hughes tried (and failed) to have his name removed from this movie tells you pretty much everything you need to know.

June 19, 2021 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Career Opportunities plays like a hodgepodge of Hughes' greatest hits.

April 16, 2012 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Career Opportunities


Frank Whaley is likable as a perpetual truth stretcher who takes a job is there overnight janitor at a target where he encounters beautiful Richgirl and want to be shoplifter Jennifer Connelly. they spend the night talking about each other's problems iand breaking down and breaking down their misconceptions of one another. John Hughes's script still has some moments of teen insight that he was allotted for in the 80s but The fact is nothing really happens Plugwise here , which was obviously a concern to him hence the unwise introduction of two Deadly criminals during the last act. So this movie hasn't remembered fondly alongside 16 candles or the breakfast club instead people with good reason tender remember Tonnele his face which is shown in the close up more times than I can count , and her mesmerizing ride on the hobbyhorse, although the roller skating scene and especially the its hilarious expected conclusion/collision is my favorite moment.

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Nice good time. A good chance to see Frank Whaley talent in this characteristic Hughes romantic comedy.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


I loved this light romantic comedy, Connelly is beautiful and charming and cute, and it's funny, what's not to like?

Aj V
Aj V

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