Starring: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Tobey Maguire
Director: Jason Reitman
The Skinny: Escaped convict Frank (Brolin) gets a ride from single mum Adele (Winslet) and her son Henry (Griffith). He ends up hiding out at their rundown house, where his handyman skills prove useful. He's got other skills that prove useful as well, and soon Adele finds herself swooning over the jailhouse bad boy.
The Consensus: Those seeking an adult romance will find comfort in this well-acted labour of love.
First things first: I love the name of the kid actor in this flick.
Gattlin Griffith? Are you kidding me? That's quality naming.
Good going, Gattlin's folks!
As it happens, the flick itself is also pretty great.
Brolin is perfectly cast here as a brute with a heart (brart).
There something primaeval about him - he looks like he just stepped out of a Frank Frazetta painting.
Winslet, with her soft womanly curves, is the perfect complement.
The pair look as if they could spawn a new race capable of conquering the galaxy.
And this is what Labor Day is really all about - sexual chemistry.
She doesn't care that he's a jailbird, or that he's a killer, or that he's essentially keeping her and her son prisoner.
All she cares about is THE HEAT.
It's a bit surprising that this movie comes from director Reitman, a guy best known for quirky comedies such as Juno and Young Adult.
There's no cutesy hipster babble here.
There's just a slow dance of seduction - Brolin's hands getting ever more comfortable on Winslet's bod.
A simple yet well-told tale with tons of feels.
By Jason Johnson