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The Last Shift

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2020
  • Andrew Cohn
  • 91 mins
  • 15

Summary

Calling it quits after 38 years, aging fast-food worker Stanley embarks on his final graveyard shift at Oscar's Chicken and Fish. However, the night takes an unexpected turn when he befriends a young African-American work colleague named Jevon. Comedy drama, starring Richard Jenkins and Shane Paul McGhie

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

After 38 years flipping burgers, the stalwart night-shift cook in a Michigan fast-food joint gets ready to retire by training up his successor in this US indie drama that casts an eye on a troubled nation. Racial and generational divides stand between Richard Jenkins's hangdog old geezer and young offender Shane Paul McGhie, who's on probation after defacing a statue and is far from thrilled to be on chicken-sandwich duty. Everything looks set for a standard serio-comic tale of friendship against the odds, with McGhie holding his own against the sheer class of his experienced foil. Yet writer/director Andrew Cohn (who's previously worked in documentaries) doesn't settle for the easy option. True, the plot shift that moves the story in an unexpected direction is rather clumsily handled, but the movie gains more depth in the process. The highly persuasive performances leave us with much to ponder, not least the suggestion that, for these two, as for America as a whole, mutual understanding will be a challenging process.

Credits

Cast

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StanleyRichard Jenkins
JevonShane Paul McGhie
ShazzDa'Vine Joy Randolph
SydneyBirgundi Baker
Mrs KellyAllison Tolman
DaleEd O'Neill

Crew

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DirectorAndrew Cohn

Details

Released on
2020-11-13
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing.
Formats
Colour
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