Brian Flanagan gets rejected on Wall Street and Madison Ave. in Cocktail

October 20, 2020

As Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise) tries to find a job, first on Wall Street and then on Madison Avenue, he's given advice or turned down in various ways, in Cocktail (1988).

"All our professionals have college degrees."
"Mr. Flanagan, we need solid credentials."
"A marketing degree is a prerequisite."
"Well, we need somebody who can hit the ground running."
"Maybe in six or eight months, but..."
"You should pursue other avenues."
"Well, your resume is completely inadequate."
"You're aiming too high."
"You don't have enough experience."
"We value education."
"We require a degree."
"You should go to college."