Labor Day (2014)

Theatrical Release: January 31, 2014
Labor Day (2014)


“Labor Day” centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives.

Dove Review

This movie is unique in its plot. I have never seen another one quite like it. An escaped prisoner, Frank Chambers (Josh Brolin), elicits the help of a woman named Adele (Kate Winslet) and her thirteen year old son Henry (Gattlin Griffith). He has them drive him to Adele’s home where he plans a brief stay before taking off to keep ahead of the police. However, after he begins fixing things around the house and giving Henry batting tips he becomes part of Adele and Henry’s home. Soon they plan to leave suddenly for Canada to start a new life as Adele has fallen in love with Frank. Adele had learned there was more to Frank being in prison than what is known and that his “crime” was really an accident. As stated, the plot is unique. The acting is quite good although the film moved a bit slowly in the beginning. Perhaps surprisingly, it has a happy ending.

At any rate, we are unable to award this movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal due to strong language and excessive sexuality.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A teen girl kisses a teen boy; kissing by a couple; a flashback scene of woman undoing either boyfriend or husband's belt on pants; a teen girl talks about sex being like a drug and she says her mom wanted her out of the house for a while so she could mess around with her boyfriend; a comment about a "sex fiend" in the house; teen girl says she will have to find another boy to make out with when she learns the boy is moving; a gay comment; a comment about someone not having sex in a long time; it's learned a man's wife had been unfaithful to him.
Language: J-1; D-1; Suck-1; Fool-1
Violence: A mother slaps her disabled son in frustration; a man puts his hand near a boy's neck and makes a silent threat to harm him if the mother doesn't cooperate.
Drugs: Guard says he is going to have a smoke.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless man; woman in lingerie; woman in bathing suit on sign.
Other: A woman had several miscarriages and in one scene we see blood come down her leg and in another scene she holds her stillborn daughter.


Company: Paramount
Writer: Jason Reitman & Joyce Maynard
Director: Jason Reitman
Producer: Helen Estabrook
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 111 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L Carpenter