Monday, May 12, 2014


Labor Day

Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin


January 31, 2014

Jason Reitman

Paramount Pictures

1 hour 51 minutes



Compared to his previous films, "Labor Day" is Jason Reitman's weakest movie.  Not to say this is a bad film, because I actually kind of liked the movie as a whole, but comparing it to "Juno" and "Up in the Air" this is a step down for the acclaimed director.  There is good acting, a fine story, and solid direction.  However, the script feels very muddled and never tries to pack in a punch with this romantic story at its core.  Not to mention, some plot points really don't go anywhere, and there are characters who are only there for a scene to do what they were written to do.  Despite the problems I had with this movie, I don't get why so many critics were negative on this.  In my opinion, this isn't a bad film.  It has its problems, but I don't regret watching it, and I thought there were some redeemable  qualities to be had here.  If it's on TV one day or you just want to watch a movie in general, "Labor Day" isn't the worst way you could spend 2 hours.  Just know, this movie has a massive thing for pies.  You'll know what I'm talking about if you see the movie.

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