If you want to portray the boredom inherent in the lousy jobs available
to twentysomethings, is it best to make a boring movie about it? Chris Smith
must have thought so. Or maybe I'm just used to six second shots and have
been warped by too much MTV. I don't think so. In the "American Job"
press kit, it says that "monotony is transformed into some bizarre
kind of performance art." Well, if you say so. But to the people stuck
in minimum wage jobs, performance art is about the last thing they are thinking
about. Nice try, but I'm not buying this as a statement on the American
What was really interesting about this screening of "American Job"
was the short that preceded it. "The Escape" is also by Chris
Smith and is imaginative, funny and just plain delightful. Two Twinkies
escape from the Twinkie factory. That is it. It is three minutes at most,
but better than any three minutes in "American Job".