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Labor Day (2013)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

31 January 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aires de esperanza  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,175,282 (USA) (31 January 2014)


$13,362,308 (USA) (14 March 2014)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The book that Kate Winslet reads in the movie is "Living the Good Life: How to Live Simply and Sanely in a Troubled World" by Helen K. Nearing and Scott Nearing. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
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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Referenced in Tangerine (2015) See more »


Estudio XIX
Written by Celedonio Romero
Performed by Pepe Romero
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A film that stimulates different types of hunger
20 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

For a relatively young filmmaker, Jason Reitman is a keen observer and a skilled storyteller. In "Thank You for Smoking" and "Up in the Air" he has offered unique and insightful views into the business world, and in his latest "Labor Day" he continues to intrigue us with a different subject, a fragmented family that yearns to become full again.

Kate Winslet, Gattlin Griffith, and Josh Brolin bring palpable chemistry as a tired single mother, her whole-world adolescent son, and a ragged man who walks into their life by chance. The somewhat contrived setup is compensated with an intimate observation of these very different characters, as they learn to appreciate and show us precisely what they can do to complement each other. Like other Reitman films, this one has signs of wisdom embedded here and there. There may be a simple quote that comes to greater significance in a later scene, or a plot device that may start making sense when the film is about to finish.

The ending is rather rushed and roughly executed with the older version of Winslet looking eerily lively and the brief appearance of Tobey Maguire that feels superfluous. Still, the meticulous and sensual narrative of the film is so inspirational that, when the film is over, you will find your senses heightened in more ways than one.

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