“Nothing misleads people like the truth."
There is something interesting about going into a film that’s had as many bad reviews as Jason Reitman’s “Labor Day” has had, and that has flopped at the box office. Does it taint our own views or make us more critical of it? Hard to say, but it certainly makes for an interesting exploration of a film that works in some ways and doesn’t in others. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we celebrate the US’s Labor Day holiday weekend with another Reitman film to add to our collection and deliberate on our own views of whether we like this film or not. We talk about how we feel about the film itself and look at what worked for each of us and what didn’t work, and compare that with what the public consensus seemed to be. We touch on the thriller vibe the film has with the romantic drama vibe, and how marketing one way or the other can definitely determine how a person approaches the film. We chat about the amazing performances from Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin and Gattlin Griffith and how Reitman always brings amazing performances to his films, even when the script is weaker. We discuss the story, specifically looking at several elements that we both have problems with for one reason or another — the montages and the voiceover — and analyze how they could have affected people’s perception of the film. And we look at the unfortunate numbers, acknowledging that people did not click with this film which led it to fail at the box office. It’s a compelling film that works better for some than for others, and it’s certainly one that provides for a stimulating conversation. Plus we have a special guest give us an insider’s report from the Telluride Film Festival! Tune in!
- Script Transcript
- Original theatrical trailer
- Original poster artwork
- *Labor Day (P.S.) — Joyce Maynard