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Labor Day

Labor Day

Labor Day

Calling something a melodrama is a sneaky way of excusing its implausibilities on behalf of its juicy performances, which in this case I'm more than willing to do. Adapted from a novel by Joyce Maynard, this romance strains credulity from the outset with its tale of an escaped convict (Josh Brolin) ingratiating himself with a lonely divorcee (Kate Winslet) and her unhappy son (Gattlin Griffith) over a long Labor Day weekend. But even as a bodice-ripping fantasy it's pretty compelling: Winslet knows how to play hunger, Brolin is handsome and sincere, and writer-director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air) shows a none-too-common restraint in never showing the characters in bed. There are some nice character turns as well, from Clark Gregg, J.K. Simmons, James Van Der Beek, and Brooke Smith.



  • Jason Reitman


  • Kate Winslet
  • Josh Brolin
  • Gattlin Griffith
  • Tobey Maguire
  • Clark Gregg
  • Tom Lipinski
  • Maika Monroe
  • J.K. Simmons
  • James Van Der Beek
  • Brooke Smith
  • Dylan Minnette
  • Brighid Fleming
  • Alexie Gilmore
  • Lucas Hedges
  • Micah Fowler


  • Lianne Halfon
  • Russell Smith
  • Jason Reitman
  • Helen Estabrook
  • Steven Rales
  • Mark Roybal
  • Michael Beugg
  • Jeffrey Clifford

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