Night Shift (1982) 3.43/5 (1)


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Rating: The Good – 67.7
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 106  mins
Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Henry Winkler, Michael Keaton, Shelley Long

Henry Winkler and Michael Keaton make a great comedy duo in this goofy comedy about two morgue night attendants who decide to run a pimping operation from their deserted offices during the small hours. Winkler continues his attempt to eschew his Fonz persona (and does quite well) as the reserved and timid Chuck who is intimidated by everyone including his fiancé. That is until he meets Bill (Keaton), a free spirit with lots of harebrained ideas and Belinda (Shelly Long), the plucky working girl next door who together get Chuck involved in the lucrative but dangerous business of prostitution. Cue wild morgue parties, fights with rival pimps, and other such mayhem. The most important thing is that it all works wonderfully. Ron Howard’s direction captures the spirit of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel’s witty script well and the various characters are all fleshed out in interesting ways. The chemistry between the three leads is spot on and each of them adds substantially to the humour levels. Keaton’s performance as the lovable doofus has been well remembered down through the years and it is brilliantly funny but this is a team effort from start to finish.

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