Labor Day Saturday, 21 September 2019

Labor Day

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and sexual references.

  • The pitch:

    Hard labor.

  • Starring:

    Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Tobey Maguire, Tom Lipinski, Maika Monroe, Clark Gregg, James Van Der Beek, JK Simmons

  • Directed by:

    Jason Reitman

  • Running time:

    111 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot at, coerced, threatened with a weapon, bound, grabbed, headlocked, slapped, pushed. A child is threatened, a baby drowns (implied). Armed police, theft. Jail, murder, kidnapping, delinquency mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (adult, baby). Wound-dressing, stitches, infected wound. Bleeding, blood on clothing, bloody wounds. Scar.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Flirting, touching, kissing, undressing. References to sex. A mother talks to her child about sex. Couples have (implied) sex in a vehicle, bedroom, hayloft. Sexual noises. Shirtless man, woman between sheets (nudity implied), woman in underwear. Swimwear, cleavage, loose-fitting clothing. Infidelity mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, spirits). Smoking mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling. Incest jokes, reference to inappropriate touching. Derogatory references to homosexuals. Religious exclamation.

  • THEMES:

    Fugitives, understanding, disability, youth, mother-son relationships, anxiety, depression, innocence, prison escapees, puberty, paternity, stillbirth, miscarriage, Bonnie & Clyde, unconditional love, being reclusive, single parenting.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Stillbirth, deceased babies, anxiety attack. Miscarriages, eating disorder, hospitalised father mentioned. Prison setting. Raw meat. Toilet. Based on the novel by Joyce Maynard.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Passionate, sensitive, delicate, restrained, nuanced, emotional, touching, wrenching, riveting, rewarding, heart-tugging, real, immersive, resonant. Superb acting, intelligent treatment of the novel, delicate story, modest production values, graceful storytelling, top-notch cast.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Implausible, strange, lifeless, contrived, sappy, melodramatic, overheated, ridiculous, unsubtle, bizarre, counterfeit. Sluggish pace, clichéd dialogue.

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