.

Labor Day

Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin

Directed by Jason Reitman
Rolling Stone: star rating
5 2
Community: star rating
5 2 0
January 31, 2014

Nothing against Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin and director Jason Reitman – top talents all – but my goodwill drowned while trying to swallow this treacly cocktail of romantic swill. I mean, please. Set during the 1987 Labor Day weekend in New England, the film presents Winslet's Adele as a reclusive, love-starved single mom. Her passions are reawakened when she is kidnapped by Brolin's Frank, an escaped killer. He shows her that God is in the details by tossing a ball with her 13-year-old son, Hank (Gattlin Griffith), and teaching them both how to make a peach pie (from scratch) while they hold the law at bay.

I'm not making this up. Joyce Maynard did. At 18, Maynard was the mistress of the reclusive J.D. Salinger. Draw your own conclusions. In adapting Maynard's 2009 novel, Reitman tries valiantly to close the ironic distance he showed in Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air and Young Adult. No go. The pie looks delicious, but Labor Day feels stale.

prev
Movie Review Main Next

ADD A COMMENT

Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...

COMMENTS

Sort by:
    Read More

    Movie Reviews

    More Reviews »
    Around the Web
    Powered By ZergNet
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.

    X

    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Wake Up Everybody”

    John Legend and the Roots | 2010

    A Number One record by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes in 1976 (a McFadden- and Whitehead-penned classic sung by Teddy Pendergrass) inspired the title and lead single from Wake Up!, John Legend's tribute album to message music. The more familiar strains of "Wake Up Everybody" also fit his agenda. "It basically sums up, in a very concise way, all the things we were thinking about when we were putting this record together in that it's about justice, doing the right thing and coming together to make the world a better place," he said. Vocalists Common and Melanie Fiona assist Legend on this mission to connect.

    More Song Stories entries »
    www.expandtheroom.com