August: Osage County 2013

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A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

Starring:
Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 56 minutes
Starring Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, Meryl Streep
Director John Wells
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 26 May 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 56 minutes
Starring Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, Meryl Streep
Director John Wells
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 26 May 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Long-Suffering Technology Consumer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Aug. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
...after a family patriarch kills himself. And, nope...this plot detail isn't even close to being a spoiler.

This is a film that certainly won't be for everybody. If you are troubled by sensitive topics (to include suicide, alcoholism, drug addiction, physical abuse, emotional abuse, infidelity and incest): this movie won't be for you. If you are troubled by dysfunctional families populated by either toxic or failing relationships: this movie won't be for you. If you watch movies in the hope that the main characters will emerge from the story to move themselves in unsuspecting ways: this movie won't be for you (pretty much what you see is what you get from the jump).

Its origins as a play are evident as the story is advanced almost exclusively by dialog exchanged in the dark, cluttered and sweltering Osage County (Oklahoma) home of Beverly and Violet Westin. Beverly is a poet --apparently of some renown-- whose craft has been set aside in favor of drinking. Vi is his chain smoking, pill-addled wife, recently diagnosed with mouth cancer. They have been joined in their home by a native American housekeeper, Johnna, hired to help care for Vi as she faces chemotherapy. In the movie's opening, Beverly mentions the unspoken contracts that mark long marriages. He names one of theirs (his drinking and her pills as things they endure together), and leaves no doubt that we are about to learn more.

And then he disappears into the bottom of a lake, prompting the return of his three adult daughters (one separated, but with her spouse and teenage daughter in tow, one engaged and with her Ferrari-driving Miami-based fiance tagging along and one apparently single...but more will be revealed about this). For most movies this would be the peak of darkness.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Valerie J. on 21 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD
What a state of affairs! Bad enough that Violet Weston has oral cancer and a drug addiction that makes her just plain cantankerous but then her alcoholic husband, Beverly (Sam Weston) goes and dies and causes further confusion amongst the dysfunctional family. Violet's three grown daughters at least try to rally round and two bring their other halves along for the funeral. Barbara's (Julia Roberts) still married to Bill (Ewan McGregor) whose found a younger fish to 'fry'. Karen (Juliette Lewis) has got herself a fiancé, Steve Huberbrecht (Dermot Mulroney), a bit of a wide boy who's already had three wives. Violet doesn't like him or his name much. Ivy hasn't anyone yet, or at least she's not letting on. When she does let on, that just causes further grief. Then there's Violet's nagging sister, Mattie (Margot Martindale), wife of long-suffering Charlie (Chris Cooper) and their equally long-suffering son, Charles (Benedict Cumberbatch). Petulant fourteen year old Jean Fordham (Abigail Breslin), daughter of Barbara and Bill, is in the midst of all this mayhem, as is the native American nurse/housemaid/cook (Misty Upham), hired by Beverly and possibly the only normal one among them, who has to turn a deaf ear to Violet's prejudiced and scornful remarks. And to add to frayed tempers, it's a scorching hot August in Osage County.

While August: Osage County (2013) is a bittersweet tale of a dysfunctional family, and sometimes rather dark, it's fascinating viewing. What a cast! Meryl Streep dominates the stage and not just because she is such a fine actress but because Violet is larger than life. For a woman with a mouth problem, she doesn't half talk a lot. The movie, however, doesn't dwell so much on the fact that Violet has cancer but that she has a drug problem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sonrosado Roses on 22 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
I'm sorry to say I wasted minutes of my life watching this!

It could have been so much better.

Might be a case of play doesn't translate well to the silver screen. The dinner scene went on for an eternity, I kept thinking we're still in the same scene, the same room, with the same people. That's fine for a play. It could even be fine for a film IF the dialogue is punchy and interesting. I have no issue watching slow movies if things are unfolding, but this was just hammering the same points over and over again. The family is dysfunctional, I get it. Lets move on with the plot? Oh more shouting. Then some more shouting. An earlier reviewer said if anyone wants one for free that they will send it to them, I hated this film so much I'm making the same offer (just pay for postage)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Desert Cactus on 8 July 2014
Format: DVD
Fantastic film - see it if you enjoy witty, clever writing, a strong storyline and a first rate cast. Top notch script by Tracy Letts and superb direction in an atmospheric Oklahoma setting with the family homestead taking centre stage. Julia Roberts delivers a bravura performance as a very angry daughter (lots of F words flying about) and Meryl Streep as always is superb. Sam Shepard is marvellous it's just a pity he is not in the film for longer. Benedict Cumberbatch takes on an American accent to portray an awkward young man in a very touching manner. There are plenty of emotional scenes, some uncomfortable viewing and dialogue that will ring true to anyone who has a dysfunctional family background. The scene between the 3 sisters wrangling over who, if any of them, will stay to look after their elderly, sick mother will ring a bell for some viewers. This film is a bit of a hidden gem, I don't recall it receiving the publicity that it should have, despite the nominations of Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts at the Oscars. Well worth a look.
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