Stanley wants to work but when he tries out for jobs in industry with the full expectation of working his way into a management position, he sets off disasters and alienates his interviewers. So his uncle gives him a job knowing what an idiot he is, and relying on him to eventually cause a strike.
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A seemingly benign surface belies the pointed satire of this film, aiming fairly and squarely in all directions – mainly around themes of class – and hitting most of its targets with ease and good grace.
among the things i always envied the brits was their sense of satire. they hold nothing sacred and are willing to poke holes in order to bring certain points of life to light in smart and sometimes acerbic ways. "...jack" doesn't give a hoot about class and social affiliations and the whole movie is made stronger by the wonderfully superb cast.