Boston U. students face bleak job market in ‘Les Mis’ parody
A sharp parody of the trailer for the movie adaptation of Les Miserables refocuses Fantine’s plaintive song “I Dreamed A Dream” on the plight of Boston University students seeking employment.
“The majority of college kids, they go to college, they get a degree, they don’t work outside of college very much,” director Mike Irving told The Boston Globe. “Once you graduate, it’s like, where do you go from here?”
Set to Anne Hathaway’s rendition of the song, the redone trailer follows a group of BU graduates — majors in anthropology, journalism, theater and philosophy — as they navigate the job market, while battling “crushing student debt and the worst job market since the Great Depression,” including job fairs and rejection notices telling them they need years of experience for even an entry-level job, in what Irving, himself a Boston senior, described as “a statement” on life after college.
Watch the video, posted Sunday on YouTube by Irving and co-creator Kevin Wang, below.