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Labor Day (2013)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 31 January 2014 (USA)
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Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.

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A depressed mother's husband has left her for she could not bear a second child. Living alone with her only son, she has an unlikely meeting with an injured escaped convict, and reluctantly takes him into her own care. The man proves to be better than his criminal image as the three bond over Labor Day weekend. The only problem? Everyone in town is looking for him.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, brief violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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31 January 2014 (USA)  »

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Aires de esperanza  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,175,282 (USA) (2 February 2014)

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$13,362,308 (USA) (16 March 2014)
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Jason Reitman wanted to make this film right after Up in the Air (2009) but, due to Kate Winslet's schedule, he had to defer it until after he'd made Young Adult (2011). See more »

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The boxed-end ratcheting wrench that Frank asked Henry to hand to him while working on the car was not available in 1987. See more »

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Adult Henry: It was just the two of us after my father left. She said I should count the baby he had with his new wife Marjorie as part of my family too. Plus Richard, Marjorie's son. For the most part my mother never mentioned my father, or the woman he was married to now.
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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

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Written by John Williams
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
Under license from Sony Pictures Music Group
[From Close Encounters Of The Third Kind]
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what happens over one Labor Day
21 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin star in "Labor Day," a 2013 film directed by Jason Reitman and also starring Gattlin Griffith and Toby McGuire.

Winslet plays Adele, a divorced woman who has never really recovered from being alone; her husband has remarried, and she lives in a ramshackle house whose interior speaks of her depression. It's a mess, with stuff all over the place. She lives there were her little boy Henry (Griffith). One day, while they're out shopping, Henry meets Frank (Josh Brolin) who asks for a ride. When Henry tells his mother they're giving him a ride, she politely refuses. Frank insists, and sits in the back with Henry. When Adele asks him where he wants to go, he says, "your house." Frank is an escaped convict, and everyone is looking for him. So it doesn't look like they abetted him, he ties Adele and Henry up, planning to leave that evening.

This movie is a great example of how a totally predictable story where not much happens can still be a wonderful film and a work of art - in fact, more of a work of art because it is so predictable and yet manages to hold interest. It's the story of family, of hope, and of love. Both Winslet and Brolin act with incredible sensitivity, and Griffith is adorable as Henry, a good kid who sees his mother's unhappiness and doesn't know how to help her.

It's a sentimental film, but I didn't mind (well, I wouldn't anyway, but I think even people who don't like sentimentalism won't mind it). I found it totally satisfying and romantic, and wasn't at all surprised to hear it's opening on Christmas Day. There is room for all types of films - this is not a huge blockbuster, just a sweet story that fits in well with the spirit of the holidays.


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