What is it about Angela Bettis and body parts?
Either the actress is typecast or just enjoys roles that have her covered in other people’s guts. It’s been 12 years since she charmed audiences as the lovable psychopath May (Lucky McKee, 2002). Now, a few extra wrinkles, some greying hair, and a jaded attitude bring her to the forefront of Brea Grant’s 12 Hour Shift.
Set overnight in a hospital, junkie organ-harvesting nurse Mandy (Bettis) gets herself into mishap after mishap. Stupid humans are usually the cause. Idiocy and medical comedy seem to fit right into 2020. Comic relief aside, the events give us a look at the corruption within the medical system. They also shed light on what nurses, doctors and even police go through on a daily basis, just trying to do their jobs.
It is timely, and might explain why when we go to a hospital, staff may not seem as accommodating and enthusiastic as we’d like. These people work exceptionally stressful jobs, many hours per day. They deal with puke, blood, entrails, irritating humans, then grab a cat nap and start all over again.
12 Hour Shift might seem a little bonkers, but knowing even a fraction of the experiences of our frontline workers this year, it isn’t so far fetched after all. It’s eye opening but keeps everything lighthearted and somehow entertaining. And though Mandy is surrounded by rather unsavory people, it’s her cohort Karen (Nikea Gamby-Turner) that gives levity to the ensemble.
12 Hour Shift – 11:30 PM, Aug 27th, 2020