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GoCertify Wishes You a Pleasant Labor Day



It's time for a Labor Day (the holiday) quiz about Labor Day (the movie).1) False. We pulled the kind of trickeration that CompTIA always does on its certification exams. Labor Day the novel did indeed inspire Labor Day the film, but the novel was written by a different famous female author named Joyce, Joyce Maynard.


2) False. Labor Day was directed by Ivan Reitman's son, Jason Reitman. Also, Ivan Reitman did not direct Groundhog Day, though it was directed by one of his Ghostbusters stars, Harold Ramis. Ivan Reitman did direct two other "day"-themed movies, the romantic adventure Six Days, Seven Nights and the NFL drama Draft Day.


3) False. Jason Reitman had Kate Winselt in mind to play Adele in Labor Day from the start. He even rearraged his filming schedule and directed Young Adult before making Labor Day so that Winslet could wrap up other projects and be available for Labor Day.


4) True. Labor Day the holiday in included in the timeline of events that unfolds in Labor Day the movie.


5) False. It would seem that there's only so much symmetry in the universe. Labor Day did have its initial unveiling at the Venice Film Festival over Labor Day weekend in 2013. It was not theatrically released, however, until Super Bowl weekend (Jan. 31-Feb. 2) of the following year.


6) False. Frank does corner Adele and Henry in a grocery store, and forces his way into their home, but his bleeding has been caused by undue strain on the stitches in his abdomen following surgery at a hospital to remove his appendix.


7) True. Frank even spoon feeds his special chili to Adele after tying her to a chair on his first night in her home.


8) False. After giving birth to Henry, Adele (mild spoiler warning) suffered through a string of miscarriages that culminated in the full-term stillbirth of a baby girl.


9) False. The events of the film are narrated by the adult Henry, looking back on the late summer weekend that changed his life. Mr. Jervis (played by J.K. Simmons) does bring over the bushel basket of peaches that provides an opportunity for Frank to demonstrate his pie-making prowess.


10) True. In an interview promoting Labor Day with film website Indiewire, Brolin said the following of Winslet: "She’s a truck driver to me. She’s like the mom that I grew up with. My mom’s from Texas, she’s a fun, fun, fun lady, a lot of personality, and Kate has a ton of personality. I didn’t expect that, by the way."