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The Last Shift  2020
Director:  Andrew Cohn
Producer:
  Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Sam Bisbee, Alex Lipschultz and Bert Kern
Art Director:
  Adri Siriwatt
Editor:
  Mindy Elliott
Music:
  Mark Orton
Screenplay:
  Andrew Cohn
Director of Photography:
  W. Mott Hupfel III
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Cast:
spacer1 Richard Jenkins
spacer1 Shane Paul McGhie
spacer1 Da'Vine Joy Randolph
spacer1 Birgundi Baker
spacer1 Alison Tolman
spacer1 Ed O'Neill
spacer1 Dano Duran
spacer1 Deron J. Powell
spacer1 Bradley Grant Smith
spacer1 Alex Stein
spacer1 Emily Anderson
spacer1 John Gawlik
spacer1 Richard Jenkins spacer1 Shane Paul McGhie spacer1 Da'Vine Joy Randolph
spacer1 Birgundi Baker spacer1 Alison Tolman spacer1 Ed O'Neill
spacer1 Dano Duran spacer1 Deron J. Powell spacer1 Bradley Grant Smith
spacer1 Alex Stein spacer1 Emily Anderson spacer1 John Gawlik
spacer1 Richard Jenkins spacer1 Shane Paul McGhie
spacer1 Da'Vine Joy Randolph spacer1 Birgundi Baker
spacer1 Alison Tolman spacer1 Ed O'Neill
spacer1 Dano Duran spacer1 Deron J. Powell
spacer1 Bradley Grant Smith spacer1 Alex Stein
spacer1 Emily Anderson spacer1 John Gawlik

Synopsis:
Stanley (Richard Jenkins), 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.

The men are worlds apart. A high school dropout who has watched life pass by his drive-through window, Stanley proudly details the nuances of the job. Jevon, a columnist who’s too smart to be flipping patties, contends their labour is being exploited. But a flicker of trust sparks during the long overnight hours in a quiet kitchen.

Review:
Having spent a decade making documentaries about everyday Americans, filmmaker Andrew Cohn offers a compassionate portrait of two flawed working-class men that explores identity, privilege, and racial bias.

The Last Shift plays out with humour, sharp writing, and standout performances that subvert expectations. That both men take the same bus home after work serves as an apt metaphor as Cohn reframes the interwoven politics of race, class, and America’s working poor.

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