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.
Conclusion: '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.
Conclusion: In Labor Day Jason Reitman provides ample opportunity for his leads to shine and while they do well, they seem to be let down by the final act, which suffers from pacing problems, and faults in execution and the source material.