“Labor Day” is a love story told through the eyes of a son. Adele (Kate Winslet) has been living in isolation with her son Henry (Gattlin Griffith). We know little about the reasons behind her odd behavior aside from a divorce that has caused her to feel lonely. Their world is forever changed when Frank (Josh Brolin) enters it. Frank is on the run, an escaped convict who holds the family hostage at first, but then becomes much more.
Frank is pleasant with Adele and Henry, repaying them by repairing multiple issues in the house, changing the oil on the car and cleaning the leaves from the gutter, even stepping up as a father figure for Henry by teaching him how to play ball. During his five day stay with the family while he is hiding out he changes their outlook on the future. Adele has found happiness and love again and decides to uproot her entire life and run to Canada with Henry and Frank.
With time running out the family may never reach the boarder as the police are closing in. Will Adele’s love be lost again forever, or can she escape to an eternity of happiness. “Labor Day” attempts to make you fall in love with it, but it just doesn’t work. Everything felt forced and overdone.
First off is the unbelievable way that Frank is helping around the house, even outside, and none of the nosey neighbors notice him. Secondly there was no climax. Everything was on a flat line with no excitement or anticipation of what was to come. It was bland and disappointing. I found very little chemistry between Winslet and Brolin, seemed as if they were just going through the motions. This is one romance that did not flourish and you can save a pretty penny by not seeing it.