Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day' Trailer: A Three-Day Weekend of Sexy Pie-Making and Stockholm Syndrome

October 31, 2013


What do you do when an escaped killer kidnaps you and your child? Well, if you're Kate Winslet, you hold on, get tied to a chair, make the sexiest fruit pie, and prepare to finally find your son a father figure who won't run off but may be prone to murdering people.

In Jason Reitman's Labor Day, all his typical dramedy stylings are traded out for an unsmiling look at a Monday off turned into stay-at-home singles retreat for one lucky mother and her abductor. Josh Brolin plays an escaped convict and accused murderer desperate for somewhere to hide, leading him to quietly demand Winslet drive him to her place. She at first goes along with the plan to keep herself and her son safe, but, as is made pretty explicit in these trailers, a combination of Brolin's earnest kindness, a shared need for solitude, a hope for love, and a classic case of Stockholm syndrome soon have her feeling a lot more than fear. It also helps that when Brolin helps out with baking a peach pie, he makes the pottery wheel scene from Ghost look like they were shaping a shit-filled toilet:

You know what would make this better? If it were a sitcom pilot.

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