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This Kate Winslet-starring, wholly unconvincing tale of a fugitive who turns out to be husband material is pure housewives' kitsch
All the signs pointed to Labor Day being a failure: the shamefaced January release, the place where Hollywood buries its dead; the trailers that laboriously gave away its entire story; a unanimous critical pile-on reminiscent of a biker stomping; and the presence at the helm and behind the typewriter of over-promoted adapter-director Jason Reitman, proof positive of the tyranny of good taste.
Based on a novel by Joyce Maynard (who also wrote To Die For), Labor Day gives us Adele, a depressed, agoraphobic single mother (Kate Winslet), seen from the perspective of her devoted 13-year-old son Henry (Gattlin Griffith) via a fatal overdose of portentous voiceover by Tobey Maguire as the adult Henry. At the supermarket they're accosted by an injured man who's just escaped from a prison hospital after an appendectomy. »
- John Patterson
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- Movie Geeks
Back in August, "Labor Day" was shaping up to be one of the most eagerly awaited movies of the year-end awards season. Most of that had to do with the film's classy pedigree, consisting of stars Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, "Up in the Air" director Jason Reitman, and literary source Joyce Maynard, the "To Die For" novelist. Buzz was building, suggesting that the film might be both a big hit among discerning adult moviegoers and a potential Oscar winner in various categories.
Fast-forward six months, and "Labor Day" suddenly looks like an afterthought, dumped unceremoniously at the end of the dumping ground that is January. Having failed to secure any Oscar nominations or much appreciation among critics, it opened this weekend opposite the Super Bowl and another romance-minded film ("That Awkward Moment"). Pundits predicted a weak opening of around $7 or $8 million, but it earned only an estimated $5.3 million. Debuting in seventh place, »
- Gary Susman
Title: Labor Day Director: Jason Reitman Starring: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Tobey Maguire, Clark Gregg, Brooke Smith, James Van Der Beek, Maika Monroe, Alexie Gilmore Four times Academy Award nominee, Jason Reitman, after having portrayed delightfully poignant and irreverent stories, such as ‘Thank You For Smoking,’ ‘Juno,’ ‘Up in the Air’ and Young Adult,’ delivers an intensely suave adaptation of the novel ‘Labor Day’ by Joyce Maynard. It is the very Labor Day weekend that is bound to mark the lives of Adele (Kate Winslet) – a divorced, single mother who rarely ventures further than her house – and her judicious thirteen year old son, Henry (Gattlin Griffith/Tobey [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
We are officially living in a golden Hart and Cube era: Universal’s comedy Ride Along continues to dominate the box office — after breaking the record for a January opening in its first two weekends — bringing in an additional estimated $4 million on Friday night. This brings the Kevin Hart/Ice Cube $25 million comedy up to a total of $84.7 million.
But That Awkward Moment is definitely in Ride Along’s rearview mirror: for its opening weekend in 2,809 locations, the bromantic comedy took in an estimated $3.9 million on Friday. Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, and Zac Efron are nice counter-programming for women on Super Bowl weekend, »
- Sara Vilkomerson
After its award-qualifying run in limited release last month, Paramount Pictures is bringing Labor Day to theaters nationwide, starting today. The studio has released two clips from this adaptation of Joyce Maynard's novel which centers on single mother Adele (Kate Winslet) and her son Henry (Dylan Minnette), who take in a troubled man in need of help named Frank Chambers (Josh Brolin) over Labor Day weekend. Even though Frank eventually reveals he is an escaped convict wanted by the law, he helps bring this family together in ways they never thought possible. Take a look at these scenes from director Jason Reitman's drama, which shows how close Frank and Adele become over the course of one weekend.
Labor Day centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, »
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Adapted from Joyce Maynard's bestselling novel, Jason Reitman's latest work, the fifth feature film he's directed, is Labor Day. The film stars Josh Brolin as a drifter along with Kate Winslet plus Gattlin Griffith as her son. It first premiered at film festivals in late 2013, but is now in wide release from Paramount. Check your local listings to see this film in theaters. So how is it? After Juno, Up in the Air and Young Adult, is one of Reitman's better films? How are Winslet and Brolin together? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Jason Reitman's Labor Day. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, »
- Alex Billington
The steady stream of Oscar prestige movies has finally cooled, so with the end of an era come two last-minute Academy shut-outs, "Labor Day" and "Tim's Vermeer," as well as a romantic comedy for the guys, "That Awkward Moment." Trailers below. Jason Reitman's Joyce Maynard adaptation "Labor Day" intercuts several plots and narrators in different time frames to reveal the back stories behind depressed Adele (Kate Winslet) living in New England solitude with her 12-year-old son Henry (Gattlin Griffith). On an outing to the store, the mother and son are commandeered by a threatening escaped prisoner (Josh Brolin). Reitman takes us on a ride that never flags and often surprises with real emotion, and Winslet gives a delicately sensual performance. Fair to say it's being creamed by mostly male critics. Clearly, this relationship drama plays better for women than men. A fascinating look at one genius inventor's obsession with »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
“Labor Day” represents a rare misstep for director Jason Reitman — at least when it comes to critical response. The director, who has received near-unanimous praise for every film he’s made since “Thank You for Smoking” arrived in 2005, failed to impress the critics with his latest film starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. The coming-of-age drama, an adaptation of author Joyce Maynard’s novel of the same name, has been declared “Rotten” on critic aggregator Rotten Tomatoes after just 35 percent of 113 reviews were favorable. To make matters worse for the Paramount Pictures release, it appears “That Awkward Moment” — »
- Greg Gilman
Directed by: Jason Reitman
Running Time: 1 hr 51 mins
Release Date: January 31, 2014
Plot: Set in a quiet New Hampshire town, Labor Day is the story of single mom Adele (Winslet), her son Henry (Griffith), and Frank (Brolin), a fugitive that the two initially house against their will. As they begin to see more of his true character, he starts to fill in the role of husband and father.
Who’S It For? Those curious about a less usual kind of romance or coming-of-age story.
Labor Day is certainly a change of shade for writer/director Jason Reitman, who previously unearthed the humor in his American character dramas, however dark their content (such as with the dark but funny soul erosion of Charlize Theron’s non-matured mean girl in »
- Nick Allen
Two big movies this weekend, we have .Labor Day. for drama lovers and .That Awkward Moment. for comedy fans. In .Labor Day,. Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin star in the film adaptation of Joyce Maynard.s novel. Writer-director Jason Reitman follows .Young Adult. with a movie that is like a mom and pop version of an S & M flick.
In .That Awkward Moment,. Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan star as bros who vow to be single forever and only date women casually. So, how is the quality of the film? Hint: this is from Tom Gormican, one of the producers of the much-hated .Movie 43..
Take a look at my reviews of .Labor Day. and .That Awkward Moment..
Jason Reitman ( Up In the Air, Juno ) is a respected filmmaker, and Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin are respected performers. But critics definitely don't respect their new collaboration Labor Day, a melodramatic romance between a depressed single mother and an escaped convict, based on a Joyce Maynard novel. Here's what they're saying: " Labor Day is an unintentional howl—a party movie begging for an audience armed with pie crusts, ropes, and a mean streak. It's so terrible it's amazing," writes David Edelstein at Vulture . Reitman "has labored (the title is apt) to make an American classic," but just »
- Kevin Spak
Jason Reitman is a filmmaker in love with relationships. Whether its a young pregnant woman's relationship with the couple who will adopt her unborn child or the relationship between a young adult writer and the people that she utterly despises, these connections are the driving force behind his films' respective emotions. Labor Day, his latest, is right in line with the rest. In terms of the driving force, that is. The results are varied, but a pair of powerhouse performances keeps Labor Day from being the too-simple-with-too-much-saccharine film it threatens to be. Trashy at times, very messy at others, it's a bag of mixed results, all the while wanting nothing more than to have tears streaming down your face. Read on! Reitman adapted the story from Joyce Maynard's novel of the same name. Set in 1987, it tells of the weekend that changed the lives of young Henry Wheeler (Gattlin Griffith) and his single mother, »
- Jeremy Kirk
Typically, it’s not considered savvy to open a movie on Super Bowl weekend, what with more than 100 million spending their Sunday afternoon on their sofa, eating nachos, guac, and buffalo wings in front of the Big Game. But Jason Reitman’s Labor Day might qualify as counter-programming. Based on Joyce Maynard’s 2009 novel, the film tells the melodramatic story of a fragile divorcee (Kate Winslet) whose rare excursion out of her house and into town with her 13-year-old son (Gattlin Griffith) is hijacked by an escaped fugitive (Josh Brolin) who demands refuge. But while he looks threatening, he’s a mild soul, »
- Jeff Labrecque
No actress of modern times has subjected matrimony to more vigorous onscreen interrogation than Kate Winslet. What began in a fit of melodrama, with Winslet threatening to throw herself from the aft of the Titanic rather than face loveless marriage to caddish Billy Zane, has turned into a series of fine-grained portraits – in Little Children, Revolutionary Road, Mildred Pierce – of suburban drudges, marooned in their marriages, doomed by their intelligence, staring at the dust motes.
Her happy marriage to Alan Rickman at end of Sense & Sensibility is beginning to look like the joker in the pack. Winslet's early performances fizzed like firecrackers, giddy with their own freedom, but now she dulls her own innate brightness to play American Madame Bovaries. Then she sets something loose in their »
- Tom Shone
I don't know where to begin with Jason Reitman's Labor Day. Adapted from the novel by Joyce Maynard, you could have told me it was a Nicholas Sparks adaptation, directed by Lasse Hallstrom and I wouldn't have second guessed the statement. I can't tell if Reitman is having fun with his audience and has actually made a parody of a Sparks adaptation or if he takes this schlock seriously. Either way, it doesn't work. To begin, Labor Day has something of an identity crisis as it's unsure which character it wants to focus on. The voice over that introduces the film is read by Tobey Maguire playing an older Henry Wheeler, the young 13-year-old (Gattlin Griffith) seen throughout the entirety of the film, and son to Adele (Kate Winslet), a woman that has retreated within herself forcing Henry to be the man of the house. Adele was left by »
- Brad Brevet
Chicago – There is a real power when the right filmmaker connects with the right performers. What appears on the surface to be a slight and well-worn story, gains a decided psychological edge. ‘Labor Day’ features Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, and writer/director Jason Reitman.
The story – adapted from a novel by Joyce Maynard – is about a convict kidnapping a single mom and son after a prison break. In keeping them in place as he hides out, a relationship develops between the lonely matriarch and the escaped prisoner. This theme has been explored before, but Reitman takes it to another level of resolve. The underlying mood and tension involving the emerging adolescence of the captured boy, the break in the psychosis of the newly paired lovers and the overriding feeling that they might be caught at any moment creates a tension that raises the narrative stakes.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Jason Reitman’s tremulous romantic drama Labor Day is an unintentional howl — a party movie begging for an audience armed with pie crusts, ropes, and a mean streak. It’s so terrible it’s amazing.The film is based on a Joyce Maynard novel, a wet Oedipal fantasy with a dash of kink that turns family-friendly with a vengeance. The narrator is the grown-up Henry (Gattlin Griffith), a pubescent lad whose father has decamped and whose mother, Adele (Kate Winslet), has become a virtual shut-in — shattered, says Henry, not by the loss of her husband but the loss of “love itself.” He tries to replace her ex but it won’t take. He’s not of age. And then, as if out of his fervid imagination, in steps an escaped prisoner, Frank (Josh Brolin), a hunk with ropy muscles who takes refuge in their home to nurse his injuries and »
- David Edelstein
Were it better, Labor Day might well strike a seductive chord for romantics: a dreamy escaped convict hovers over a mother and son he’s taken hostage over a holiday weekend. One so full of love, cooking, and romance, it will change their lives forever. But the film, based on the Joyce Maynard novel, is so trapped in a dreary Nicolas Sparks-style cliche-ridden universe that we know the entire plot from the start to the over-sentimental climax. Labor Day stars Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, two usually solid actors, but they’re wasted as Labor Day neither raises the pulse nor unintentionally entertains and while some may eat this mush up, most will see it as a tremendous disappointment from writer/director Jason Reitman (of Juno and Up In The Air fame).
Labor Day centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who cares for his mopey, reclusive mother Adele (Winslet) after his »
- Tom Stockman
Plot: An emotionally fragile single mother and her son are taken hostage by a wounded escaped convict. A decent man at heart, the convict gradually inserts himself into their lives and changes them both for the better. Review: If you like your soap operas sincere and sentimental, then Labor Day is for you. Resembling a slightly more adult version of one of those Nicholas Sparks affairs, Jason Reitman's adaptation of Joyce Maynard's popular novel keeps a somber straight face throughout »
- Eric Walkuski
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