Director Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) usually injects more humor into his films, but Labor Day is much more serious fare. But what the movie lacks in a sense of humor, it makes up for in depth as the tale of an ex-convict (Josh Brolin) hiding out with a single mother (Kate Winslet) unfolds. Their contentious meeting evolves into a romance over the course of the next few days, and we get a lesson in loneliness, love, and loss. Winslet is at her usual best as a mother with her own demons, but the most memorable thing about this movie is the surprisingly electric chemistry she shares with Brolin.
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