Paramount Pictures has released a new TV spot for writer/director Jason Reitman’s new film Labor Day, a movie that feels like it’s being unveiled unceremoniously despite the fact that it’s very, very good. The film takes place over the course of a Labor Day weekend and tells the story of a 13-year-old boy who convinces his reclusive mother (Kate Winslet) to take in a drifter (Josh Brolin), who turns out to be an escaped convict on the run. The narration in this one-minute spot is absolutely terrible, but it does highlight the excellent romantic chemistry between Winslet and Brolin. The pic marks Reitman’s most mature work to date and is an impressive departure devoid of any cynicism or sarcasm; it’s also surprisingly thrilling. I’m honestly befuddled as to why Paramount seems to be burying the film, as it’s well worth seeing.
Hit the jump to watch the new TV spot, and click here to read Matt’s review of the film from TIFF. The pic also stars Gattlin Griffith, Clark Gregg, J.K. Simmons, and James Van Der Beek. Labor Day is now playing in limited release and opens in wide release on January 31st.
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.