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DOUBLE SHIFT

In this Swedish comedy, bumbling Jonas has promised to take time off work and take care of his baby daughter so that his fiancee can go back to work. The problem is that his company, a taxi service, needs serious attention so Jonas tries to work nights and be a good father in the daytime.

Language: Swedish
Subtitle: English
Classification: U
Release Date: 16 Nov 2008
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 1 Hour 27 Minutes
Distributor: Golden Screen Cinemas
Cast: Eric Ericson, Lisa Werlinder, Sanna Brading, Alexander Skarsgard
Director: Maria Essen
Format: 35MM

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Writer: Terence Toh

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Watch this if you liked: "The Pacifier", "Kindergarten Cop"

Imagine a Judd Apatow movie like "Knocked Up" perhaps, or "Forgetting Sarah Marshall". Rib-tickling comedies about immature men who are forced to grow up and the beautiful women who fall in love with them, as well as the crazy people they come into contact with. Imagine that in your mind.
Now, imagine everyone in the film speaking in Swedish. The result would be close to "Double Shift", a heart-warming comedy which centres around a taxi driver called Jonas, his wife Emma, and their extremely cute baby Jasmine/Vilma. Unable to go on paternity leave to take care of his daughter as his wife goes to work, Jonas is forced to go on the titular double shift: having to balance taking care of his baby and earn a living at the same time.

The show is light and very comedic, and anyone who has ever had to take care of a small child will definitely relate to Jonas and the crazy situations he has to endure. His ingenious ideas to make sure his baby is safe and happy, especially one involving a food processor, will definitely put a smile on your face. The love he has for his daughter is very heart-warming and contributes much to the film's emotional core.

The rest of the cast also do very well in their roles: the baby is cute as a button and 'awww's will probably be heard from the audience with every appearance. The actors portraying Jonas's work/band mates also do a good job: managing to be quite lovable despite their small roles. The attractive Lisa Werlinder is pure joy to look at as Emma, conveying both sweetness and maternal concern. Mikael Persbrandt especially shines. He carries out his role as Jocke, a tough-looking biker with a heart of gold so well that he almost steals the spotlight from the main actors at times.

"Double Shift" is not perfect, however. While it works well as a comedy, it contains nothing particularly remarkable or noteworthy that marks it above any of the dozens of comedies Hollywood churns out every year. The plot is extremely predictable and follows the standard comedy formula so well that there is never any doubt or suspense as to how things are going to end up for the characters.

Additionally, while it is customary for comedies to have a happy ending, "Double Shift" wrapped up all its plot points so nicely that it almost felt contrived, and the film was occasionally in danger of moving from 'heart-warming' to 'sickeningly sweet'. Another nitpick, although not necessarily a flaw, is that despite everyone speaking in Swedish, the film's music was mostly in English, the characters even singing in that language. This was strange and a little wasted: I would have liked to have heard a Swedish song.

"Double Shift" is a good comedy, but not excellent.

Cinema Online, 17 November 2008
   
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U - General viewing for all ages
P13 - Parental guidance is advisable for children below 13 years old
18 - For 18+ with elements for mature audiences
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