A convict on the loose. An agoraphobic single mother. A boy without a male role model to aspire to. It sounds more like a recipe for disaster than an unexpected romance; but if there's one lesson to be learned from director Jason Reitman's fifth feature film, Labor Day, it's that appearances can be deceiving. And that's certainly true of the film itself, as what starts out as just another mundane holiday weekend for a mother and her son is transformed into something altogether different — changing their lives forever. From the story itself — an uncharacteristic choice, considering director Jason Reitman's filmmaking repertoire — to the performances — which are nuanced and multifaceted — Labor Day will pleasantly surprise viewers with its complex emotional entanglements and engrossing narrative.