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Night Shift

Night Shift
Night Shift
Night Shift
  • R
  • 1h 47m
  • 1982
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When down-on-his-luck financial planner Chuck Lumley (Henry Winkler), fast-talking loser with a million get-rich-quick schemes Bill Blazejowski (Michael Keaton) and prostitute in need of a pimp Belinda Keaton (Shelley Long) meet at the New York City morgue, nothing will ever be the same on the Night Shift. Now, as odd a group as the trio may be, their talents combine perfectly to transform a warehouse for the dead into the liveliest place in the City as the three go into business as "Love Brokers."
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Night Shift bristles with pitch-perfect laughs thanks to Ron Howard's snappy direction and a side-splitting turn from Michael Keaton.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Prostitution, nudity, violence in dated '80s comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Night Shift is a 1982 comedy in which Henry Winkler and Michael Keaton play two men working the overnight hours of a morgue who decide to become pimps. While not necessarily glamorized, prostitution isn't really shown in a negative light either; aside from an instance of physical violence, the threat of jail time and some complaints about money, the life of "the world's oldest profession" comes off as both a lark and a way in which Winkler's character learns to stop being a pushover. As an inducement to becoming pimps, Keaton's character excitedly talks of how, if they become pimps, they can have sex with the prostitutes whenever they want. Keaton's character also makes a joke about sexually assaulting Girl Scouts. There is some nudity: female breasts, bite marks on a man's buttocks. Winkler's character is shown ogling his neighbor while she bends over wearing nothing below the waist except a pair of panties. While in jail, Winkler's character is horrified and humor is mined out of an effeminate inmate making eyes and kissy faces at him. A man is tied to a chair and thrown to his death out an apartment window, and there's a gunfight between two thugs and the police. A lead character is nearly killed by being tied up in a chair with a hose in his mouth on the verge of being forced to take in gallons of water. During a party scene in the morgue, college students binge-drink beer, and a couple are caught having sex inside one of the cadaver drawers. The movie also has jokes referencing cocaine and heroin; sex talk, not only involving the prostitutes, but also between consenting couples during foreplay and after sex; cigarette smoking; and lots of profanity ("s--t," "a--hole," "t-t") and euphemisms for sex acts.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:July 30, 1982
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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