CATEGORIES Trailers and ClipsThe title of Jason Reitman's new movie, "Labor Day," might make moviegoers associate it with the recent rash of holiday-themed rom-coms that have graced the big screen ("Valentine's Day," "New Year's Eve"). But they'd be very wrong.
Reitman's film is the opposite of those bubbly flicks in every way, and its trailer, premiering today exclusively on Moviefone, immediately separates it from that less-serious pack.
"Labor Day" takes place around the titular holiday weekend in 1987, where Adele Wheeler (Kate Winslet) and her son, Henry (Gattlin Griffith), are still reeling from the abrupt departure of Henry's father. Their world is turned even further upside down when Frank Chambers (Josh Brolin), an escaped con and convicted murderer, corners them in a store and not-so-nicely asks for a ride back to their house to hide out.
"This needs to happen," Frank growls menacingly, gripping the back of Henry's neck.
But what unfolds when the trio return to the Wheelers' home is unexpected, to say the least. Entirely at Frank's mercy, Adele and Henry decide to trust him completely, and help him lay low while a manhunt overtakes their town. And over the course of three days, they begin to become a makeshift family, with Frank helping Adele bake a pie and teaching Henry how to swing a baseball bat.
The montage of these events unfolding in the trailer is touching, but of course, there's the matter of Frank's murder rap looming over the proceedings. As Adele assists Frank in plotting to make a run from town -- and it appears they might be falling for each other -- a sickening feeling seeps in that this seemingly serendipitous version of events is not meant to end on a happy note.
"I'd take 20 more years just to have another three days with you," Frank tells Adele near the trailer's climax.
Whether he makes that trade or not, we'll be first in line to find out. "Labor Day" opens in limited release on December 25.