Mary Poppins Returns
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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.
The conventional period romantic drama has good details of the period and some fine dramatic moments, that at least kept it from being a bomb.
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.
Effectively conveys how World War II changed men, women work and family
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.
Nice period feeling and an interesting premise that doesn't get a lot of attention, womens role in the workplace during WWII. They should have focused on that and left the weak love story out and would have been a better film. The other problem is that Goldie's and Russell's characters are not really people you feel much empathy for, she's spoiled and selfish and he's really rather a jerk. Christine Lahti however steals every second she's on screen and has the character you care about the most.
Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell and Christine Lahti shine in their portrayal of those left behind to build the US war machine while the able-bodied men are off fighting WWII. Ed Harris and Holly Hunter co-star as Goldie's husband and co-worker, respectively.
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