Now this is the Jenkins I Know: The Last Shift

Before “Kajillionaire”, I never suspected Richard Jenkins of any acting fraud. And with “The Last Shift”, which was suppose to be premiered before Covid took out the Sarasota Film Festival, Jenkins is back, possibly in his best role yet.

In The Last Shift his character is once again, down and out and awkward, but with Andrew Cohn’s amazing writing and direction, he is more than a character, he is a tragic figure. Bravo.

Equally as wonderful was Ed O’Neill, who should have catapulted to comedic movie stardom rather than be stuck in tv sitcom drudgery. Ed scene steals every minute he’s in. I love that man!

Shane Paul McGhie should also now be front listed for every part that Lakieth Stanfield turns down. He is a monster actor who evokes empathy while projecting keen intelligence. Birgundi Baker is destined for greater heights as well.

Go see this film. It’s real, raw and heartbreaking. You’ll want to go help a fast food worker afterward and rightly so, as these folks work thankless jobs for little pay.

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