12 Hour Shift Comedy

Fantasia Festival Review: ‘12 Hour Shift’

August 28, 2020Ben MK

For doctors and nurses on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, the past few months have no doubt proven more disturbing than any film could possibly convey. Luckily, the dark comedy 12 Hour Shift isn't set in the present day, but rather in 1999, as a nurse finds herself pushed to the brink contending with demanding patients, an escaped prisoner, and a homicidal lunatic — all in one trying double shift.

Written and directed by Brea Grant, the movie follows Mandy (Angela Bettis), a weary, cocaine-snorting nurse at an Arkansas hospital who also dabbles in selling deceased patients' organs to black market dealers on the side. But when her cousin's flighty wife, Regina (Chloe Farnworth), accidentally misplaces the kidney Mandy sold to her the night before, they'll have to answer to Regina's organ trafficker boss, Nicholas (Mick Foley), who's intent on getting the pound of flesh owed to him one way or another. Add to that the antics of an escaped prisoner named Jefferson (David Arquette), who's also running loose in Mandy's ward, and it's going to be one long night indeed.

Culminating in one hilariously insane and bloody climax, the result does for hospital workers what Office Space did for 9-to-5 cubicle dwellers, making 12 Hour Shift one of the most twisted workplace comedies you'll see this year.

12 Hour Shift makes its international premiere at the 2020 Fantasia International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 27 min.

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