12 Hour Shift

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12 Hour Shift
12 Hour Shift (2020) poster.jpg
Promotional release poster
Directed byBrea Grant
Produced byChristina Arquette
David Arquette
Jordan Wayne Long
Tara Perry
Matt Glass
Written byBrea Grant
StarringAngela Bettis
Chloe Farnworth
Nikea Gamby-Turner
Kit Williamson
David Arquette
Music byMatt Glass
CinematographyMatt Glass
HCT Media[1]
Distributed byMagnet Releasing
Release date
Running time
86 minutes[3]
CountryUnited States
Box office$6,550[4][5]

12 Hour Shift is a 2020 American black comedy thriller film written and directed by Brea Grant and starring Angela Bettis, Kit Williamson, and David Arquette. Bettis plays Mandy, a drug-addicted nurse involved in a black market organ-trading scheme in 1999.[6] Arquette was one of the film's producers, alongside his wife Christina Arquette, and Jordan Wayne Long, Tara Perry, and Matt Glass.[7][8] The film also features music composed by Glass.[8]

12 Hour Shift was scheduled to have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2020 prior to the festival being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film's distribution rights were acquired by Magnet Releasing in June 2020.


Mandy is a nurse with a drug addiction. In addition to stealing patient medications, she finances her drug habit by harvesting patient organs. Desk nurse Karen is Mandy's partner, and Mandy has recently brought on her cousin Regina to transport the organs to traficker Nicholas.

One night Regina accidentally leaves a stolen kidney at the hospital, instead carrying a soda in the cooler to Nicholas. Irate, Nicholas demands Regina get the kidney or he will take hers. Regina cannot find the kidney at the hospital, and asks Mandy to help her. Mandy refuses, so Regina dresses like a nurse and kills one of Mandy's patients by pouring bleach down his throat. Regina expects that Mandy will be able to extract the dead man's kidney, but Mandy angrily explains that the patient was on dialysis, so his kidneys are useless. Regina threatens to tell the police about the organ traficking operation unless Mandy helps her. Mandy agrees and tells Regina to wait in her car.

Outside, Regina sees one of Nicholas's henchman, and in a panic she kills a skateboarder and tries to take his kidney, but ends up taking his bladder. Meanwhile, inside the hospital Mandy kills a patient with an overdose and manages to harvest his kidney. She leaves the kidney in a cooler in the loading dock, but the kidney has disappeared by the time Regina gets to it.

Nicholas's henchman, who has entered the hospital, prepares to drag Regina away, when she desperately suggests that they kidnap a comatose patient so that Nicholas can take all his organs. The comatose patient is Mandy's abusive, drug-addicted half-brother. Mandy intervenes, and together she and Regina manage to overcome the henchman. The police investigation (incorrectly) determines that the henchman had been committing the murders around the hospital. Regina leaves, and the exhausted Mandy takes a nap in her truck before beginning her next shift. The film ends with Mandy re-entering the hospital, followed shortly thereafter by Nicholas.



12 Hour Shift was scheduled to have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2020,[9] but the festival was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[6] In June 2020, it was reported that the film's worldwide distribution rights were acquired by Magnet Releasing.[9]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 83% based on 36 reviews, with an average rating of 6.98/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "Sharp, twisted, and darkly funny, 12 Hour Shift is an uncommonly clever heist caper with a refreshing female-focused twist."[10] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 65 out of 100 based on 11 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[11]

Hoai-Tran Bui of /Film praised Bettis's performance, and wrote that the film "has a sick sense of humor that makes its washed-out setting the perfect blank canvas for writer and director Grant to paint her gleefully bloody caper."[12] Meagan Navarro of Bloody Disgusting also lauded Bettis's performance but criticized the film's characterization overall, concluding: "12 Hour Shift is far too ambitious for its own good, playing out like a blood-drenched yet unfocused comedy of frustrating errors."[13]


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  3. ^ "12 Hour Shift | 2020 Tribeca Film Festival". Tribeca Film Festival. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  4. ^ "12 Hour Shift (2020)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  5. ^ "12 Hour Shift (2020)". The Numbers. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Kramer, Gary M. (May 6, 2020). "In comedy-thriller "12 Hour Shift," blood and chaos reigns as a murderer terrorizes a hospital". Salon. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  7. ^ Rife, Katie (April 22, 2020). "David Arquette clocks in for a 12 Hour Shift in this exclusive clip from Brea Grant's new movie". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  8. ^ a b Collis, Clark (April 15, 2020). "12 Hour Shift trailer teases Brea Grant's bloody black-comedy". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Miska, Brad (June 19, 2020). "Magnet Releasing Acquires Brea Grant's '12 Hour Shift' Starring Angela Bettis! [Cannes]". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  10. ^ "12 Hour Shift (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  11. ^ "12 Hour Shift Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  12. ^ Bui, Hoai-Tran (May 28, 2020). "'12 Hour Shift' Review: A Botched Black Market Deal Turns Into a Bloody Hospital Thriller [Tribeca]". /Film. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  13. ^ Navarro, Meagan (April 21, 2020). "[Review] '12 Hour Shift' Escalates Organ Heist into Violent Yet Unfocused Comedy of Errors". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved June 20, 2020.

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