The Off Hours

Synopsis: You're awake when everyone else is asleep. You're standing still as traffic is whipping by at 70mph. You see dusk and dawn everyday because they happen on your way to a time clock and then to a bed. Your off hours are spent trying to figure out why you're here, whether you want to stay, and how to leave.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Megan Griffiths
Production: The Off Hours Film LLC
  1 nomination.
93 min


You want food?

Uh, no thanks.

Just a little more coffee.


Two bucks for the coffee.

I have to go to work.


I gotta go to work.

So go to work.

You think I care?


Go to work.

I'm going.

Get out of my way.

I'm here.

Sorry, I'm sorry.

I had something else to do.

Your shift started at 9:00.

I'm aware.


Essentially, about,

a few years back

when Denver had...

That man will go broke

he's not more careful.


I took money to the bank

this morning

and account's almost empty.

I told you years ago he'd run

this place into the ground.

No one's talking to you,

old man.

He'll pull it together.

Here you go... okay.

I'll be back.

All right.

Warm you up there?



Mm hm.

Are you new in town?

Uh, just new to this route.

You're a truck driver.

You probably get a lot

of us through here, huh?

Yeah, I've seen my fair share.

Probably doesn't hurt that

you're the only town

for 50 miles.

A good point.

I'll leave you

to read your book.

I can change those for you.

I hate that machine.

Yeah, it's sensitive.

It's horrible.

Sorry, I said.

There you go.

Where's the closest

shower to here?

Uh, motel around the corner.

It's kinda gross though.


Why can't I use yours?

Heh, uh, you want anything else?

I can think of a few things.

Yeah, okay.

Hello there.

Hello, darling.

Would you like something to eat?

Oh my God.

Good job.

I'm amazing.

Yes, waitress, please,

thank you.

I, um, would love

to start with your...

oatmeal with milk

and sugar, please.

All right.


Oatmeal, milk.

You think that's free 'cause we

put it on all the tables?


Is, uh, is salt expensive?

We pay for it.

That means it's expensive enough

for you not to spill

it all over the place.

Yes, sir, yes, sir.

I hear ya there, sir.

You two should learn

some respect.

What did I do?

So you got a break coming up?

Not really.

Levi, I have to go

to the bathroom.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

That's two of us.

Does nobody work here no more?

This yours?

Ain't mine, babe.

I thought you were

getting back tomorrow.

You left the light on.

You have a bedroom, you know.

Did you bring home any food?


You wanna play?


You wanna go first?


Too bad.


Fran sucker!

How is that new bar?

It's a sh*t hole.

Did you get laid?

Yeah, kinda.

Where's the lucky lady?

I'm not bringing

those girls back here.

You can bring girls

here if you want.

Why you acting all weird?

I'm not acting weird.

Why aren't you trying

to piss me off then?



What're you doing?

Going to sleep.

All right, well...

What do you want?

Like, why did you wake me up?

I thought you might

wanna sleep in your bed.


Do you wanna go get breakfast?


Uh, there's sh*t to eat,


Well, go to the store.

Give me some money

and I'll go shopping.

Why don't you get a job?

What's wrong with unemployment?

Um, it barely pays.

It pays a dickload considering

it's for doing nothing.

You ever thought that maybe

I have more important things

to do than pay your rent?

Not really.

Well, I do.

Last time I was working,

when you f***ed your boss

and ruined his marriage,

you just sat around here

and listened

to sad vagina music.

That the kinda stuff

you wanna get back

to doing that's so important?

You know, I don't throw

your sh*t in your face.

Yeah, you do.

Like when?

I'm not having this

conversation right now.

The f***ing sun's

not even up yet.

I'm going to bed.

You suck.

F*** you.


Good morning.

Want a grilled cheese?

Sure, thanks.

John called.

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Megan Griffiths

Megan Griffiths (born April 22, 1975) is a filmmaker from Seattle, Washington, USA and a board member of Northwest Film Forum. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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