Drama: A depressed divorcee finds herself falling for an escaped convict who initially takes her and her young son hostage, but then starts to become a husband and father figure to them.
It's Labor Day weekend 1987 and Henry (GATTLIN GRIFFITH) is a 13-year-old who lives with his uber pensive and near reclusive divorced mom, Adele (KATE WINSLET). She's been that way ever since a series of miscarriages and one stillbirth eventually led to her husband, Gerald (CLARK GREGG), leaving her for his secretary. Now, Henry and Adele live in a rundown home and she only ventures out once a month to get groceries and such. It's on one such supply run that they run into Frank Chambers (JOSH BROLIN) in the store, and he suggests to them that it would be a good idea for them to give him a ride back to their place. Rattled, especially upon seeing that he's bleeding, they nervously comply.
He promises that he'll only stay until the night and then be on his way, what with being an escaped convict who jumped from a second story window following an appendectomy. From a news report, Henry and Adele learn that he's serving an 18-year term for murder, although he informs them that they're not hearing the entire story and that he's never harmed anyone intentionally. Even so, they're wary, but when he starts helping out around the house fixing things and teaches the teen how to be a better baseball player, the mother and son start to see an unlikely but possible husband and father figure in him.
As narrated by Adult Henry (TOBEY MAGUIRE), we also learn about young Frank's (TOM LIPINSKI) life, all as an unpredictable bond starts to form between Frank, Adele and Henry, a development they realize is tenuous for certain, although they hope for the best as the holiday weekend plays out: Henry meets a new girl in town, Eleanor (BRIGHID FLEMING): and the police continue their search for the escaped con.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Unless they're fans of someone in the cast, it doesn't seem too likely.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For thematic material, brief violence and sexuality.
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