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‘Labor Day’ just doesn’t work

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Labor Day

Labor Day” is a star-crossed romance that casts Kate Winslet as a depressive New Hampshire single mother, Gattlin Griffith as her protective 12-year-old son, and Josh Brolin as the manly escaped prisoner who takes them hostage and falls in love.

The movie’s a very somber affair, but if you see it in a disrespectful frame of mind, it’s the guilty-pleasure hoot of the season. You may come out talking about the pie-making scene — like the pottery sequence in “Ghost,” except not — but it probably won’t be for the right reasons. Directed, inexplicably, by Jason Reitman (“Juno,” “Young Adult”), who doesn’t have the knack for straight melodrama. It’s as though he tried to reverse-engineer a Nicholas Sparks movie and put the pieces back together all wrong.

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