Labor Day (2014) - Review

Until now, it looked like Jason Reitman could be his generation's answer to Billy Wilder. From his smart and savage directorial debut, 2005'sThank You for Smoking, up through 2007'sJuno, 2009's Up in the Air, and 2011's Young Adult, Reitman specialized in the kind of saw-toothed satires that come packaged in dark, cynical wrappers. But with his latest film, the mawkish and melodramatic Labor Day, Reitman has done an unexpected about-face: He's ditched Wilder for Douglas Sirk. And the swap doesn't do him — or his fans — any favors.

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