March 20, 2014 5:23 pm

Labor Day – film review

A glammed-down and sex-starved Kate Winslet takes in an escaped convict
(Left to right) Kate Winslet is Adele and Josh Brolin is Frank in LABOR DAY Written for the Screen and Directed by Jason Reitman to be released by Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush. LD-02884

The First Cuckoo of Spring award is hotly contested this week. Don’t overlook Labor Day. A glammed-down Kate Winslet, trailing clouds of cooking steam from Mildred Pierce, plays a sex-starved divorced house-mum who takes in bleeding escaped convict Josh Brolin. I haven’t read Joyce Maynard’s original novel. But did it really contain a scene (so like Ghost’s pottery wheel) in which Brolin makes a sexy, gooey, steaming peach pie, while lecturing expertly on the components for perfect pastry? The scene – indeed the whole movie – may become a candidate for camp mini-classic status.

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Nigel Andrews


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