Summary: A tender, nostalgic and warm ‘family’ drama which also quietly seethes with the threat and tension of imminent danger. Labor Day shows a new side to Jason Reitman as a filmmaker, and we like it.
Excerpt: Increasingly depressed and agoraphobic since her divorce, Adele (Kate Winslet) relies upon her doting son, Henry (Gattlin Griffith). At the start of the 1987 Labor Day weekend, mother and son are confronted by escaped convict Frank (Josh Brolin), who demands their assistance in eluding the...
Excerpt: Labor Day begins in 1987 when a young boy named Henry (Gattlin Griffith) runs into Frank (Josh Brolin) at a store one day. Frank is bleeding and just so happens to be an escaped convict. After he asks Henry and his mom Adele (Kate Winslet) to take him to their house, they’re not so keen on the idea.
Summary: The director Jason Reitman (son of Ivan) has given us edgy and relevant films for many years now. His resume includes Juno, Thank You for Smoking, Up in the Air , and Young Adult . The story here doesn’t have that cynical edge that the other films had.
Summary: 'Labor Day' got unfairly criticized as far as I'm concerned. The "pie scene" was singled out and taken out of context. Within the context of the film it’s a complicated dance of tension and sweetness. Much of this film is complex and intriguing.
Conclusion: Trashed by critics and avoided by moviegoers, Labor Day is far from the disaster you might expect it to be. Yes, the film is sincere and short on cynicism. And yes, it has an outrageous premise to sell us on.