New in Home Entertainment – April 29, 2014

New in Home Entertainment

April 29, 2014

Labor Day
Rated PG-13 for thematic material, brief violence and sexuality
Available on DVD and Blu-ray

Jason Reitman has brought us some big commercial and critical hits since he came on the scene with such films as Juno, Up in the Air and Young Adult, but his latest creation landed with a thud at both the box office and with reviewers. Labor Day casts Josh Brolin as an escaped convict who forces himself onto a divorced mother played by Kate Winslet, and her teenage son.  At first the relationship seems like a home invasion, but slowly the three manage to develop a symbiosis.  While not one of the best films of 2013, it certainly didn’t deserve the piling on it received by critics.  I can see why some see it as a little cheesy, but ultimately I think it comes off as a sweet little story with some terrific performances and a thought-provoking narrative.  B