TRAILER: Jason Reitman’s Labor Day

If you’ve been hanging out for the new Jason Reitman film, we’ve got good news and … ambiguous news. The good: not one but two trailers for Labor Day have finally arrived, starring Kate Winslett and Josh Brolin. Ambiguous: it seems Reitman has gone for a slight change of pace.

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In Reitman’s film, as in Joyce Maynard’s 2009 novel, depressed single mother Adele (Winslett) and her 13-year-old son Henry (Gattlin Griffith) are out shopping when they encounter the injured Frank (Brolin) who ‘asks’ for a ride. After taking him to their home, they learn that this stranger is an escaped murderer, and the subject of a manhunt. But, as Frank’s past is revealed, unexpected relationships are formed with consequences that will ripple throughout all of their lives.

Reitman, 36, has achieved a hell of a lot in his relatively young career. His string of critical hits includes Thankyou for Smoking, Juno, Up In The Air, and Young Adult.  Labor Day, however, represents a break in tradition for Reitman.

The first trailer – more of a teaser – is a pretty serious affair; the second really plays up the melodrama, making this film look kind of like Bridges of Madison County with a fugitive, peaches and a third-wheeling kid.  While Reitman’s past films have honed the art of the ‘dramedy’, Labor Day appears to be his most serious, moody offering yet.

Is this change in the Reitman oeuvre a good development? Or are you craving more of his signature blend of heartfelt emotion and cracking humour?

Labor Day opens in limited release on Christmas Day in the US.

                                                                                                                   via Rope of Silicon

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