The Last Shift

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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

75
Sep 25, 2020

It’s a low-key rest-stop story that appreciates life’s banalities and the struggles of ordinary people.

Metacritic review by Johnny Oleksinski
Johnny Oleksinski
New York Post
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