By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire October 31, 2013 at 10:55AM
Before We Saw the Trailer, We Thought: Well received upon its worldwide debut at the Telluride Film Festival, Jason Reitman's "Labor Day" marks a chance of pace for the director best known for his wry comedies "Juno," "Up in the Air" and "Thank You For Smoking." Kate Winslet is said to give a nuanced lead turn in the drama, opposite Josh Brolin.
And Now? With a Christmas Release date looming, Paramount has unveiled a new trailer for the film that gives a clear sense of just how much of a departure this is for Reitman.
In the drama (based on a novel by Joyce Maynard and written for the screen by Reitman) Brolin plays an escaped convict who finds refuge in the home of a depressed single mother (Kate Winslet) and her son (Gattlin Griffith). As police troll the town, Brolin's character gradually reveals his true colors and falls for his new 'family' in the process.
In his Telluride review, Indiewire's Eric Kohn called the film a "classical, melodramatic tearjerker that's also a sincere coming-of-age story." Seems about right.