Labor Day (2014)
Critic Consensus: Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin make for an undeniably compelling pair, but they can't quite rescue Labor Day from the pallid melodrama of its exceedingly ill-advised plot.
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as Frank Chambers
as Adele Wheeler
as Henry Wheeler
as Adult Henry Wheeler/Narrator
as Officer Treadwell
as Frank Chambers (young)
as Mr. Jervis
as Henry (16)
as Mandy Chambers
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Critic Reviews for Labor Day
The really baffling thing is that this clunker has been written, directed and produced by Jason Reitman, whose previous movies include Juno and Up in the Air. What was he thinking?
Labor Day lacks this film-maker's usual sophisticated wit: it is bizarrely unconvincing, sugary and humourless, like a Walt Disney version of The Night of the Hunter.
Director Jason Reitman comes a-cropper with this unconvincing Southern melodrama starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.
You wish that Reitman had brought the material under control - or better yet, let its cheap manipulations and gushy eroticism run riot.
Audience Reviews for Labor Day
A unique drama/romance that should have amazed audiences, yet the script was lacking of dialogue and lacked any real direction. The actors had very little to work with and the flashbacks were confusingly chucked in! A ridiculas uninteresting, unamusing and uninspiring so called movie.
I'm surprised at the bad reviews. I liked this movie. Set mostly in 1987, this was a winner for me straight away for the nostalgic feel. Very realistic to the time period, but not kitschy or bright as often happens in an 80's set movie made today. Quite dull colours (but nice) and looked like a realistic small town setting. Voiced over by a young teenage boy, Henry, who lives with his mother, Adele, who has had some trauma in her past, which is revealed slowly in flashbacks throughout the movie. Adele rarely leaves the house, but on the pairs once monthly visit to the supermarket for supplies, they meet Frank, who is an escaped murder. Frank makes some loosely implied threats to Henry to convince Adele to take him home so he can hide out. Slowly, Adele falls in love with him, which sounds creepy as hell, but actually it works. Hard one to describe, but beautifully shot and cast. Well worth a watch.
There must be better books deserving to be turned into movie format.
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