Labor Day

Synopsis: A depressed mother's husband has left her for she could not bear a second child. Living alone with her only son, she has an unlikely meeting with an injured escaped convict, and reluctantly takes him into her own care. The man proves to be better than his criminal image as the three bond over Labor Day weekend. The only problem? Everyone in town is looking for him.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Jason Reitman
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min



Good morning.



It was

just the two of us after my father left.

He said I should

count the new baby he had

with his new wife, Marjorie,

as part of my family, too.

Plus Richard, Marjorie's son.

For the most pan,

my mother never mentioned my father,

or the woman he was married to now.

You could always

come live with Marjorie and me.

I mean, if that was something you

wanted, we can have her evaluated.

No. Mom is great.

She's learning to play the cello.

I just asked because

I get the feeling her...

(SIGHS) That she's getting worse.

I don't think losing

my father broke my mother's heart

but rather, losing love itself

Even at that age, I understood this

and wanted to make up for

some of the neglect.

Oh, what did you do?

- You made all this for me?

- Mmm-hmm.

"Husband for a Day."

I made her

a coupon book.

- I cleaned.

- "One week of clean dishes."

Did little chores around the house.


There was a coupon for a shoulder rub.

A bubble bath.

I even took her on a date.

A man should know how to dance.

When a man can dance,

the world is his oyster.

Some men just set their hand

on your shoulder or against your back

but there has to be

strong pressure there.

At the time,

I was too young to understand

the part of being husband for a day,

I was not equipped to carry out.

But I sensed

my own terrible inadequacy.

I could feel her loneliness and tonging

before I had a name for it.

Hey, Henry.

How's your mother?


I hope to see her in here

one of these days.

I understood

who my real family was.




Even if that mean!

only leaving the house once a month

to pick up supplies at Pricemart.

I think it's this way.

Is it all right if I go

check out the comics?


Okay. Just don't wander.

I'll be right over there.

I wonder if you could

give me a hand here.

You're bleeding.

Yeah, well, I fell out a window.

We should get help.

No, I wouldn't want to upset anyone.

Did you come here with

that woman over there?

My mom.

She looks like

the kind of person that could help me.

I... I don't know.

What I want to ask is,

you think she'd give me a ride?


This is my mother, Adele.

Mom, this is Frank. He needs our help.

You got a good boy here, Adele.

He was kind enough to offer me a ride.



Well, he may have, but...

We have a big afternoon.

I don't think we can help you.

Well, that's a shame.

I thought we could have a catch.

- I suck at baseball.

- Hey

Maybe you used to.

Don't you throw around a ball

with your dad'?

I only see him on Sundays.

- Oh.

No. I'm sorry.

I won't be any trouble.

We really (STAMMERS) can't help you.


this needs to happen.


Oh, here. Why don't you get in back?


Where do you want to go?

Your house.

Just for a few moments, to rest my legs.



You'll have to excuse the mess.

We've been busy.

Nice place.

How do you, uh,

take your coffee?

As is.

- How did you hurt your leg?


I'm going to be straight with you,

here, Henry.

I'm not going to lie.

I hurl my leg jumping out

of a second oor window at a hospital

they'd taken me to

to get my appendix out.

At the prison. That's how I got out.


This morning.

You escaped?

So, now, the police are looking for you.

I would have gotten further

except for the damn leg.



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Jason Reitman

Jason Reitman (born October 19, 1977) is a Canadian-American[2] film director, screenwriter, and producer, best known for directing the films Thank You for Smoking (2005), Juno (2007), Up in the Air (2009), and Young Adult (2011). As of February 2, 2010, he has received one Grammy award and four Academy Award nominations, two of which are for Best Director. Reitman is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States. He is the son of director Ivan Reitman. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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