There are variations on these careers, but seldom does Hollywood venture far.
Here’s a list of the last three movies I’ve seen and what job the main character did:
“Orphan” – architect
“A Perfect Getaway” – screenwriter
“500 Days of Summer” – writer/architect (review coming!)
(Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Tom in “500 Days of Summer.”)
There are exceptions:
“The Hurt Locker” – military
“Moon” – astronaut
“Public Enemies” – bank robbers
However, mainstream movies seem to be stuck in a rut when it comes to assigning a character a job. Independent film does a little better, but not much. It seems most characters in quirky independents are writers, though occasionally they work at Retail Rodeo, like Jennifer Aniston in “The Good Girl.”
(Jennifer Aniston as Justine in “The Good Girl”)
So what do you think? What career path should Hollywood assign to the next main character appearing in a mainstream romantic comedy? Because if I see one more architect”¦ I’m going to”¦ I’m going too”¦ well, I’ll probably just write another ranting post.