The only reminder of the sharpness that distinguished Reitman's earlier films are Henry's scenes with Eleanor (Brighid Fleming), a new schoolfriend. She's an adolescent sophisticate with the manipulative instincts of a highly paid divorce lawyer. And she soon has poor Henry transfixed by her stories about the horrors that can befall a child when a single parent finds a new partner. He doesn't say much in these scenes but Griffith's appalled expression leave you in no doubt that she has him spooked.
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Labor Day: Stranger in the house