How shortly we pivot from honoring our frontline staff. Within the exploitation splatter comedy “12 Hour Shift,” two nurses handle an organ-trafficking community out of their Arkansas hospital. The drug-addled Mandy (Angela Bettis), who takes her orders from Karen (Nikea Gamby-Turner), brings recent harvests to the soda machine simply outdoors the constructing’s doorways. From there, Regina (Chloe Farnworth), who harbors a misapprehension that she’s Mandy’s cousin, is meant to shuttle organs in a picnic cooler to their vacation spot.
However Regina will not be the sharpest scalpel within the working room, and it’s solely after a comically drawn-out pit cease for cheese puffs that she learns that she forgot to seize the most recent biohazard bag. Her boss (the wrestler Mick Foley) informs her if she doesn’t get him a kidney, he’ll take one from her.
What was already an evening from hell turns into a madcap odyssey to obtain a alternative. Among the many night’s enjoyably interlocking problems, Regina disguises herself as a nurse and tries her personal hand at homicide and nephrectomy — regardless of having an imperfect grasp of which sufferers’ kidneys are purposeful, and of precisely the place within the physique kidneys are situated.
Written and directed by the actress Brea Grant, “12 Hour Shift” has roughly two good jokes for each third that comes throughout as overdetermined (an surprising musical quantity) or self-amused. (The effeminate hypochondriac would have been offensive even in 1999, when the film is ready.) Nevertheless it’s laborious to argue with Bettis’s frazzled underplaying or Farnworth’s stellar airhead routine, an impressively sustained research in quick-witted dimwittedness.
12 Hour Shift
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