Director: Jason Reitman
Writers: Jason Reitman (screenplay), Joyce Maynard (based on the novel by)
Featuring: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith
Review by Allan Tong
It's a long summer weekend in New England in 1987, but Adele (Kate Winslet) wouldn't know. Long depressed by the break-up of her marriage, she stays inside while her adolescent son Henry (Gattlin Griffith) runs errands. Once in a while Adele steps out, like shopping at a department store with Henry at the start of the Labor Day weekend. And that's where her life changes.
Frank (John Brolin) coerces Adele and Henry into hiding him in their house where he can lay low until the coast is clear. Frank was having a routine operation when he fled the hospital--and a prison term for murder. Over the long weekend, Frank teaches Adele and Henry to bake a peach pie. He fixes the car. Even plays baseball with them and the neighbour's kid. He never raises his voice. Gentle and calm. Adele is a wounded romantic and falls for Frank. In fact, Frank doesn't seduce Adele. Their love just blossoms.