''Swing Shift'' is a 1984 comedy-drama film directed by Creator/JonathanDemme, starring Creator/GoldieHawn, Creator/KurtRussell, Creator/EdHarris and Creator/ChristineLahti.

After the bombing of [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Pearl Harbor]], Jack Walsh (Harris) enlists in the Navy, leaving his wife Kay (Hawn) home alone and unsure what to do with herself. After seeing a newsreel calling for female factory workers, she applies at a munitions plant and is hired for the [[TitleDrop swing shift]] along with her neighbor Hazel (Lahti), who at first doesnít particularly like her thanks to Jackís casual prejudice against her and her profession as a lounge singer.

Kay also meets Lucky (Russell), one of the factory leadmen, who was turned down by the Army due to a heart defect. He hits on Kay constantly for weeks until she finally agrees to go to dinner with him, only to freak out and leave when she sees her landlords at the restaurant. Lucky backs off for a while, while Kay develops more competence at work and confidence in herself, going from a naïve housewife to a WrenchWench who can fix her own kitchen appliances. Eventually she does agree to go out with Lucky, and begins an affair with him, which predictably does not end well.

!!''Swing Shift'' contains examples of:

* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Kay.
* AlliterativeName: Lucky Lockhart.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Hazel and Biscuit.
* CharacterDevelopment: Both Kay and Hazel, but Kay in particular.
* DeadpanSnarker: Hazel.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Hazel.
* EverybodySmokes: It IS set during World War II, after all.
* [[FirstGirlWins First Guy Wins]]: Kay and Jack ultimately get back together.
* GlamorousWartimeSinger: Hazel, until she loses her job and goes to work in the factory with Kay.
* TheIngenue: Kay.
* {{Jerkass}}: Jack is a very mild variant, when it comes to Hazel. He pokes fun at her when he sees her go by, but he doesnít seem to realize how mean it actually is. Prior to the war, he comes across as almost as naïve as Kay.
* {{Newsreel}}: How Kay finds out about the factory job.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Lucky and Biscuit, until the end of the movie.
* StayInTheKitchen: Kind of. Itís not that Jack wants to keep Kay isolated, he just doesnít think she should ''have'' to work, that itís a poor reflection on him if she does need to.
* TookALevelInBadass: Kay, in a sense. She goes from a naïve, uncertain engenue to a confident Wrench Wench who winds up Leadman of her crew.
* WardrobeMalfunction: Of the RealLife, unintentional variety. The theatrical release and even the first VHS run are notorious for failing to catch the fact that during a scene after Jack has taken a shower, the camera got a shot straight up his towel. They (eventually) caught it and added a DigitalBikini.
* WideEyedIdealist: Kay again, to start with.
* WrenchWench: Kay and Hazel.
* YourCheatingHeart: Kay and Lucky. It ends about as badly as the trope usually does.