Swing Shift (1984)
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Director Jonathan Demme made one of his more conventional movies with Swing Shift, an examination of life on the American home front during WWII. Goldie Hawn, who also served as the film's producer, stars as Kay, a woman who takes a job on the line at a plant producing war planes after her husband goes off to fight in Europe. One of her coworkers is her best friend Hazel, played by Christine Lahti, whose performance earned an Oscar nomination and a New York Film Critics award. Kay falls in love
Apr 13, 1984 Wide
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Swing Shift tries ... to twist some consequence out of a tawdry adulterous tryst by a couple of self-centered sneaks. But the writing and acting are too flat for the challenge.
Hawn, atypically cast and supported by all-round excellent performances, proves that she can act.
There's no suspense and no big emotional payoff, but the movie is always absorbing.
Offers Miss Hawn her best role since ''Private Benjamin,'' and she is most winning.
At its heart lies a sweet romance, with good performances from both the leads and an Oscar nomination for supporting actress Lahti.
Demme's characteristic generosity toward his characters and refusal to make absolute moral judgments are strong points, while the feminist subtext adds freshness to the story.
Despite compromises, a result of interference in director Demme's work, this fictional look at a Rosie the Riveter kind of woman displays a nice feminist perspective on WWII and terrific performances from Goldie Hawn and especially Christine Lahti.
Sofia Coppola and Wes Anderson could learn a few things watching this. Or maybe they already have.
The film certainly can't seem to decide whether it wants to be a genial romantic comedy or something more truthful, but it is never less than watchable.
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