If you were thinking Miles Teller and Anna Kendrick were looking a little young in the trailers for "Get a Job," you'd be right. The film, which hits select theaters Friday March 25, was shot four years ago, in 2012.
The film stars Miles Teller, Anna Kendrick and Bryan Cranston, and it tells the story of Will (Miles Teller) and his girlfriend, Jillian (Anna Kendrick), two college graduates who are struggling with employment in the Millennial era.
After production on the film wrapped, three years went by with no poster, trailer or any word on a release date. In a 2014 podcast interview with Marc Maron, who also has a small role in the film, Anna Kendrick said she didn't think the film would ever be released.
It's just never, ever, ever gonna see the light of day... It was two years ago, it was a very topical comedy thing. It was supposed to be we were fresh out of college.
It's not unusual for films to be stuck in Hollywood limbo for years, but it is a little unusual for a film with such an A-list cast. What caused the delay — quality issues, distributor issues or something else — is unclear.
Actor John C. McGinley, known for playing Dr. Perry Cox on the hit series "Scrubs," spoke to Elite Daily about his role in the film as a tough corporate boss and offered his take on the prolonged release. While he said he had no idea what was going on in those four years of silence, he suggested the delay might have had to do with the challenge of a lot of different voices on one project.
You try to imagine how many chefs were in the kitchen trying to put this together and what's going on behind the scene. It was a bunch of people having a bunch of different opinions trying to put something together, and that takes a while.
The film received mixed-to-negative reviews so far, so perhaps the film did suffer from the setback. Still, McGinley said he was happy with the film and enjoyed working with "such a talented young cast."
I thought going in you could have that cast reading the phone book, and it would be a good film.
By the way, if you've been wondering about a "Scrubs" reboot in this era of reviving 2000s cult hits, don't get too hopeful. McGinley said he has no interest in reprising his role as Dr. Cox.
No, I did it for nine years, I did 122 episodes, what's the point? That would be an exercise in redundancy.
See "Get a Job" in select theaters on Friday, March 25.
Citations: Anna Kendrick Says Dylan Kidd's All-Star Comedy 'Get A Job' May Never See The Light Of Day (Indiewire), 'Get a Job': Comedy doesn't work hard enough (The Seattle Times), Strong cast aside, the shelved comedy Get A Job should have stayed on the shelf (The A.V. Club)