If Nicolas Sparks took a stab at the home invasion genre, it might look a little like Labor Day, an atmospheric departure for Juno and Young Adult director Jason Reitman that's a little too earnest and heavy for its own good.

Based on a book by Joyce Maynard, Reitman's romantic drama broils over one long Labor Day weekend in 1987, the lives of near-agoraphobic Adele (Kate Winslet) and her son Henry (Gattlin Griffith) interrupted by Frank (Josh Brolin), a prisoner on the run. Little plays out during Frank's extended stay, allowing the film to rattle between steamy and unnerving with sadistic pleasure. Labor Day could stand to swing back and forth with greater momentum, but Reitman has something here — it's not the great film it wants to be, but it's absorbing adult drama.  Read More...


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