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Will Jason Reitman rebound from 'Labor Day'?
Reitman's identity as a filmmaker is so closely tied to Toronto as a festival that it seems fitting he'd be here this year with "Men, Women and Children" looking to reclaim his place in the conversation. The worst part about the reaction to "Labor Day" wasn't the negative reviews (I wasn't a fan of it myself) but the almost overwhelming indifference. It's one of those films that snuck into theaters without a sound, and I think that's worse than a high-profile failure. Considering how long he'd tried to get that film made, it had to doubly sting. Reitman is a guy who has avoided the easy commercial career, and if he's going to be able to keep making the films he makes, he needs another "Up In The Air" style hit. Let's see if this one (which has an intriguing trailer) can be that hit for him.
- Drew McWeeny