Swing Shift (1984)


“Blame it on the war – it’s everybody’s excuse.” – Jack Walsh

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 May 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After the outbreak of World War II, a housewife joins the labor force in order to help the war effort while her husband is off fighting in the Pacific.

My Take on it – This film is the perfect example of a great idea that just doesn’t work in reality.

The idea to show how women joined the war effort by learning to become skilled workers in war industry factories while their men were off fighting should be an interesting one to explore, but this film makes the whole thing too melodramatic instead of poignant.

The cast is actually fine here and Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have really nice chemistry together.

(This actually isn’t so surprising because it was on the set of this film that they first met and fell in love in real life)

This film is unfortunately presented in a way that comes across as being too slow and boring and instead of such a premise feeling more patriotic, it comes across as being too bland which takes away from any kind of impact that it should have.

Some of the storyline resolutions feels cheated and unsatisfying which also takes away from making this film feel like it can be more impactful.

Bottom Line – Great premise that just doesn’t work well enough. Hawn and Russell have fun chemistry together  here (this is the film where they met and fell in love in real life) but the story itself drags too much. The way that much of this is presented is pretty boring and instead of things feeling more patriotic, it feels pretty bland as things move along.  The end resolutions also don’t work as well because certain explanations are rolled over instaed of seeming more realistic.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film reportedly went through a major bout of editing; some say this was due to the tensions between Hawn and Demme. Some industry insiders reported many of Lahti’s scenes were re-shot or cut entirely, due to Hawn’s belief that she was stealing scenes, though Lahti and Hawn apparently got along well during filming.  (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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