Friday, August 22, 2014

Labor Day (2013)

IMDb plot summary: Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.
Directed by Jason Reitman. Starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith and Tobey Maguire.

(Very mild spoilers about the overall plot.)

I'm not sure I get the hate for this movie. It's not my favorite Reitman by any means, but it's not a bad movie. Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin are fairly engaging characters, even if their romance does seem a little unbelievable. One other major setback is that the flashback scenes are not handled well. I'm assuming they were Brolin's character's flashbacks but that was never explained, and they frequently showed up in scenes where the little kid was walking around alone, leading me to wonder if he was somehow flashing *forward* in his own life, which just made no sense at all. Aside from those awkward moments, though, it's a decent little story, and I thought it was interesting to watch.

3 stars.

Flickchart: #950 out of 2210, below The Secret of NIMH and above Kiki's Delivery Service.

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