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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Report Card---""Labor Day"

Josh Brolin plays an escaped convict who foists himself on a mother and her kids.
They develop a fear-love relationship.
I didn't care about any of it.
I've seen worse movies than this.
And I've seen far better movies than this.

On to the scoring: 

Is it interesting?


Compelling even?


Is it controversial?

Not at all.

Is it a story worth telling?

I really don't think so.

Is it good storytelling?

It's hard to tell a weak story well.  The use of several brief flashbacks told from Brolin's point of view was very confusing and very annoying.  Very.

Is it well written?

It's hard to write interesting dialogue for a weak story.

Is it well cast? Well played?, Well shot?

Brolin is kind of interesting.  I don't even remember anyone else in it.
It's shot serviceably.

Is it too long? Too short?

Way too long.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Sort of, and sort of.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Predictable, no surprises.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

I barely remembered what I saw.

Is it funny?

No.  A little levity might have helped.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Why not give it to charity instead?  Adopt a tiger or a polar bear or some other animal that's about to become extinct.  This movie should become extinct soon enough.

Is it impressive ?


Overall grade: C-.

Just a time waster.

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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."