Labor Day (2014)

labordayposterBy: Hank Bagwell (A Toast) –

When I asked to review this movie, I thought for sure it would be a hit, and it didn’t disappoint.  The film is directed by Jason Reitman, you know, the guy who brought you Juno, Thank You for Smoking, and Up In the Air.  This guy is the Academy’s newest wet dream.


It’s narrated by Tobey Maguire and has a star-studded line up, including several who should, at least, be nominated for this year’s awards.

The story features an escaped convict (Josh Brolin) who imposes himself on a young man who is trying to care for his depressed, and emotionally damaged, mother (Kate Winslet).

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All of the characters seem to be dealing with their own demons, struggling to find some sense of belonging and family.  There are obvious tones of sexuality and sharp, witty one-liners.


The film starts of SLLLLLOOOOOWWWW, but when you see the little girl, start paying attention.   It seems like they took their time getting to the good stuff, even though there is obvious tension in the beginning.  It’s beautifully shot, creatively delivered, and pleasantly surprising.

I just finished it and want to watch it again!  I wish they would’ve named it something different because the title seems to give the impression of a chick-flick, but it’s, truly, far from it.  I don’t want to give too much away but the story is incredible, the ending is fantastic, the acting is amazing, and the cinematography and sound editing are superb.  It’s a really good fucking movie.



I will say, I am ECSTATIC to see films like this coming back.  I’ve about had it with crappy horror, superheroes, and vampire porn.  It’s films like this, Mud, Wolf of Wall Street, Jayne Mansfield’s Car, American Hustle, and Nebraska that might just save us after all…


Oh, and by the way, if Kate gets snubbed at the awards this year… I’m smashing someone’s windshield.


Drinking Game

Take a Drink: every time there is a sexual undertone.

Take a Drink: every time baseball is mentioned.

Do a Shot: when you see someone dancing.

Take a Drink: the first time you see an actor you love.

Take a Drink: as a toast to the girl… you’ll see what I mean.

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