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Labor Day

Although he is only 13-years-old, Henry (Gattlin Griffith) tries to help his single mother (Kate Winslet) as she succumbs to depression. But he isn't prepared for the events that happen on Labor Day, when the pair encounters Frank Chambers (Josh Brolin), a desperate man whom they later discover is an escaped convict. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C
Violence: C
Sexual Content: C+
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 111
Theater Release: 31 Jan 2014
Video Release: 29 Apr 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

What is Stockholm syndrome and how does it affect its victims? Could some people be more susceptible to it than others? What makes Adele react the way she does to Frank?

What roles does Henry take on when his father leaves? What pressures do those additional responsibilities put on him? What needs does Henry have that Frank appears to be meeting? Why does Henry’s dad eventually apologize to him? Can children become pawns in their parents’ divorce?

Adele is reading the book “Living the Good Life” by Helen and Scott Nearing. Why do you think this book might be appealing to her?

What brings on Adele’s depression? Why is it so difficult for her to see other pregnant woman? The Mayo Clinic has more information on Postpartum Depression. Blogger Katherine Stone suggests 5 things Dads (and others) can do to help a woman deal with this kind of depression.

This movie is based on a novel by Joyce Maynard.

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