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Review: ‘Labor Day,’ as mushy as a warm peach pie

January 29, 2014 • Entertainment


This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Kate Winslet, left, Josh Brolin in a scene from “Labor Day.” (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Dale Robinette)

If you’ve seen the trailer for “Labor Day,” Jason Reitman’s film based on the novel by Joyce Maynard, then you’ve caught a glimpse of a new breakout star, who threatens to upstage even the estimable Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.

No, we’re not talking about young newcomer Gattlin Griffith, though he gives a lovely performance.

We’re talking about the peach pie.

Seldom has a baked good assumed so prominent an onscreen role as in this film, where it serves both as catalyst and as metaphor, for, um, sex. Plenty of movies have displayed food worshipfully, but this scene more aptly recalls that moist clay on the potter’s wheel in “Ghost,” where ceramics were quite beside the point.

Alas, both that clay and this pie hold together better than “Labor Day” does.

Reitman is a talented filmmaker, as you’ll know if you’ve seen “Juno” or “Up in the Air,” to name just two. But those movies had Login to read more

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