Despite how it sounds, Labor Day is not one of those dumb ensemble romantic comedies where Zac Efron makes out with Michelle Pfeiffer or Julia Roberts gets paid $12,000 per word of dialogue. It stars Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, and is based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Maynard.
In the film, Winslet plays a depressed single mother and Brolin is the escaped convict who comes to hide from the authorities in their home. It’s directed by Jason Reitman of Juno and Up in the Air.
This year’s Oscar race is already crowded, and Labor Day seems a little like the Oscar movie we all forgot about. But it comes out this Christmas, just in time for the awards deadline. And never discount the talents of Winslet and Reitman who have 10 Academy Award nominations between them.