The Last Shift

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  • Official Trailer
  • Trailer 1

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

The Last Shift is an American story about two men struggling in the same town, while worlds apart. Stanley (two-time Oscar® nominee Richard Jenkins: Best Actor, The Visitor, 2009; Best Supporting Actor, The Shape of Water, 2017), an aging fast-food worker, plans to call it quits after 38 years on the graveyard shift at Oscar’s Chicken and Fish. His last weekend takes a turn while training his replacement, Jevon (Shane Paul McGhie), a talented but stalled young writer whose provocative politics keep landing him in trouble. These two who share little in common are brought together through circumstance. Stanley, a high school dropout who has watched life pass by his drive-through window, proudly details the nuances of the job. While Jevon, a columnist who’s too smart to be flipping patties, contends their labor is being exploited. A flicker of comradery sparks during the long overnight hours in a quiet kitchen.

Cast

  • Richard Jenkins
  • Shane Paul McGhie
  • Ed O'Neill
  • Allison Tolman
  • Da'Vine Joy Randolph
  • Birgundi Baker
  • Emily Anderson
  • Jeff Dlugolecki

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Metacritic

70
Sep 23, 2020

This funny-sad chamber piece is underwhelming in cinematic terms, but its perceptive script and the incisively etched characterizations of a sterling ensemble make it warmly satisfying.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
40
Sep 23, 2020

The movie never arrives at a place where all of its conversations and provocations feel like they coalesce into a clear thesis, and its frustrating ending leans toward emotional resonance but doesn’t land with the punch the filmmakers were hoping.

Ben Pearson
Slashfilm
75
Sep 23, 2020

As much as Stanley wants to believe in binaries – good honest work versus cheating, respect versus irresponsibility – Cohn’s low-key narrative undercuts such disingenuous naivety. Combine that with Jenkins’s slow-burn performance, and you have a film that speaks to, rather than talks down to, its audience.

Metacritic review by Barry Hertz
Barry Hertz
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)