3 user 1 critic

Men Without Jobs (2004)

R | | Comedy | 3 May 2004 (USA)
Two best friends - a graffiti artist with hip-hop dreams and an obnoxious loudmouth with a cooking show addiction - share one main goal in life: to avoid work at all costs.


Mad Matthewz


Mad Matthewz
1 nomination. See more awards »


Learn more

More Like This 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Two troubled teens start out a school shooting after their traumatized lives from their previous situations.

Director: Paul Mantell
Stars: Michael C. Maronna, Ken Foree, Eric Kushnick
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

This delightfully quirky show looks at the lives and adventures of two red-headed brothers with the same name.

Stars: Michael C. Maronna, Danny Tamberelli, Judy Grafe
Slackers (2002)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

When geeky Ethan discovers three fellow students scamming the examination system, he blackmails them to win over the college's most popular girl.

Director: Dewey Nicks
Stars: Devon Sawa, Robert B. Martin Jr., Jason Segel
Ham on Rye (2019)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A bizarre rite of passage at the local deli determines the fate of a generation of teenagers, leading some to escape their suburban town and dooming others to remain.

Director: Tyler Taormina
Stars: Haley Bodell, Audrey Boos, Gabriella Herrera
Bad Apple (TV Movie 2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An undercover FBI agent tries to infiltrate a gang of goodfellas and falls in love with his informant's sister. Black humor and a cool attitude make the routine story fun.

Director: Adam Bernstein
Stars: Chris Noth, Colm Meaney, Mercedes Ruehl
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young woman looking to escape her life is rescued on the highway by a friendly couple in an RV. But as the miles pass the couple's motives come into question and a strange mother/daughter relationship evolves.

Director: A. Dean Bell
Stars: Emily Grace, Judith Ivey, Bill Raymond
On Edge (2010)
Short | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

The story of Tom an undercover FBI agent who is on a mission to take down El-Rouby Molavi and his bank Molavi International by sending in a mole, Sanders, to hack into the computer ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Greve
Stars: Alex Acevedo, Nick Aleksic, Rebecca Anderson
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Alex Fernie
Stars: Stephanie Allynne, Joey Clift, JC Coccoli


Credited cast:
David Anzuelo ... Pancho
Stephanie Berry Stephanie Berry ... Mrs. Morgan
Ishmael Butler Ishmael Butler ... Ish
Reg E. Cathey ... Mr. Morgan
Hope Clarke Hope Clarke ... Ms. Jackson
Anita Kopacz Anita Kopacz ... Veronica
Bonz Malone Bonz Malone ... Oz
Michael C. Maronna ... E-Man
Adrian Martinez ... Wolfy
Silvestre Rasuk ... Nola Darling Fan Club
Stu 'Large' Riley ... Smokey
Andre Royo ... Junie
Roberta Wallach ... Dolores


Men Without Jobs is a comedy about Ish and Oz - best friends and roommates whose main goal in life is to avoid work at all costs. Ish is a graffiti artist who dreams of starting his own hip-hop band. Oz is an obnoxious loudmouth, addicted to gambling and cooking shows. When Ish collects several thousand dollars in a lawsuit settlement stemming from a childhood accident, Oz tries to convince him to invest the money in a pyramid scam in order to help him pay off a debt to a sadistic loan shark. The stakes are raised when Ish's girlfriend Veronica gives him an ultimatum to either get a job or get lost. Ultimately, the two eccentric slackers are forced to wake up and realize that sooner or later, everybody has to get a job! Written by Matthewz, Mad

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language


Official Sites:

Official Site





Release Date:

3 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Planet Brooklyn See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

At some point, you just gotta break new ground, right?
2 May 2014 | by StevePulaskiSee all my reviews

"At some point, you just gotta get a job, right?," so states the back DVD cover of Mad Matthewz's Planet Brooklyn, as it details the lives of two incredibly listless and aimless young men. One is "Ish" (Ishmael Butler), the other "Oz" (Bonz Malone), two broke black friends who spend their days playing Atari basketball on the couch, wasting away and relying on their aspirations and list of creative names to get them a career in rap music. However, when Ish realizes that he has had a few thousands dollars lying around, thanks to a childhood accident, this gets both of their of their ideas flowing. Ish wants to spend the money by the seat of his pants, while Oz, a gambling addict, wants to invest it into a "pyramid plan" he read about in order to pay off his loan shark. In addition, Ish's girlfriend Veronica (Anita Kopacz) tells Ish that if he doesn't find work soon enough, he'll be single.

Mad Matthewz's Planet Brooklyn (also called Men Without Jobs in some circles) clearly wants to play by its own rules, often bearing a home-movie style quality with its imperfect videography and sporadic video production qualities. The downside, however, is that while attempting to create its own little set of rules, it adheres to the slacker-rubric that feels more manufactured than it does off-the-cuff. I instantly looked to compare Planet Brooklyn to films films of the do-it-yourself culture ("DIY-culture") of cinema, pioneered by the likes of Kevin Smith, Richard Linklater, and even Wes Anderson, or, if we want to get specific since the film follows members of an urban black community, Spike Lee's sublime debut Do the Right Thing.

Unfortunately, the dialog here is what kills it - characters speak in the sort of tone and with the perfunctory sentence structure that is used in films to set up the next scene rather than slow things down narratively and function in the current scene, with naturalistic dialog and a strong emphasis on mood and feeling. Planet Brooklyn instead goes for one-liners to jokes we've heard before, and character observations and traits we're already familiar with and hate seeing them passed off as something new and original in a film that should be committing an act of narrative trailblazing.

On the plush side of things, Butler and Malone prove likable and capable talents on screen, and Matthewz appears as if he wants to create something of an homage to Do the Right Thing with the film, using a lot of colors in the production and focusing his sights mainly on one specific area in Brooklyn, similar to what Lee's breakthrough did. The only difference was Do the Right Thing rightly focused on the characters and the unique people they were throughout the film, while Planet Brooklyn instead focuses on dialog and events that seem to be taken from the cutting room floor of a lesser entry in the Friday franchise or something along those lines.

What I'm getting at is there's not much meat in the film, and that's unfortunate given the wealth of potential and possibilities that lie when the idea of two slackers in an eccentric neighborhood encounter money or simply try to exercise their dreams. Planet Brooklyn is buoyed in the short-term by a unique and consistently interesting setting and a likable band of actors at the forefront. However, it's increasingly hindered by lukewarm dialog and a line of events that simply don't equate to the film's potential-ridden premise.

Starring: Ishmael Butler, Bonz Malone, and Anita Kopacz. Directed by: Mad Matthewz.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed