Labor Day movies are hardly as omnipresent as movies about Christmas... or even movies about April Fool's Day. While a few movies have been titled "Labor Day" none of them are standout comedies. To get in the mood for this day off from work you can thank bleeding heart liberal commie pinkos for enjoying, you have to focus on comedies about the very concept of work and labor. Some comedies out there are almost too easy to pick for a Labor Day marathon, so let's focus on some movies about work that are a little more offbeat choices.
One of the worst possible job positions for many people is the graveyard shift. You work when others sleep and try to sleep as others are working. "Night Shift" was supposed to be yet another attempt to turn Henry Winkler from "The Fonz" into a movie star. Instead, its legacy is as the comedy that introduced a manic Michael Keaton before he got all gloomy and started underplaying to the point of looking like one of the morgues he's in charge of in "Night Shift." Catch Shelley Long as a hooker just before she walked into that bar in Boston.
"Paul Blart: Mall Cop"
A sweet, gentle comedy with just the right dollop of goofiness is "Paul Blart: Mall Cop." Kevin James turns in a performance of surprising depth in this look at a sad loser who becomes a hero, wins the girl, impresses his daughter and gets to ride around on a Segway. You won't learn a whole lot about the job of being a mall security guard in this comedy, but you will learn how not to make one of those cool slides across the floor that cop characters seem to make with ease.
"Adventures in Babysitting"
The first job of many people is babysitter. What if your job as a babysitter went horribly, horribly wrong? That's the premise for this underrated youth movie from the 1980s starring a very young Elizabeth Shue. The biggest shock awaiting moviegoers in "Adventures in Babysitting" when it was first released was the guy playing the Thor character. His chiseled physique was mightily impressive, but became a thing of absolute amazement when you realized that this muscle bound dude was the very same guy who had played lumpy Gomer Pyle in "Full Metal Jacket."
One of the things that kids never think seriously about when they daydream about growing up is the fact that they have to go work every day. Tom Hanks' character gets a very quick lesson in the reality of labor when his wish upon a fortune telling machine results in his becoming an adult overnight. Of course, this is Hollywood we're talking about, so Hanks' character gets a job that actually looks like fun. Somebody should do a remake of "Big" so that the little kid has to go to work in Wal-Mart or become a trash collector.
"Be Kind, Rewind"
Or a video store. Before they no longer exist. Jack Black and Mos Def are both hilarious in this comedy that shows what working in a video store is most definitely not like. "Be Kind, Rewind" is a tribute to the lost commerce of selling VHS tapes within the limited confines of a mom and pop store before Blockbuster ruined everything. The funny element is how the guys "swede" blockbuster hits with a camcorder, limited budgets and unlimited imagination.
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