Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for writer/director Jason Reitman’s new film Labor Day. Based on the Joyce Maynard novel of the same name, the film takes place over the course of a Labor Day weekend and tells the story of a fugitive (Josh Brolin) who takes a 13-year-old boy (Gattlin Griffith) and his reclusive mother (Kate Winslet) hostage, but the relationship between the three becomes more complicated in the following days. The trailer does a good job of selling the dreamy, idyllic quality while maintaining the undercurrent of danger running throughout the story. I thought the movie was great when I saw it at TIFF earlier this year, but I’m eager to see if it holds up on a second viewing.
Hit the jump to watch the Labor Day trailer. The film also stars J.K. Simmons, Clark Gregg, James Van Der Beek, and Tobey Maguire. Labor Day opens in limited release on December 25th before expanding wide on January 31st. [Update: Paramount has released a second trailer, which we've added after the jump. However, I strongly recommend not watching it because it gives away a lot of the film.]
Here’s the official synopsis for Labor Day:
“LABOR DAY” centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives.