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, Meryl Streep
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

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

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Valerie J. TOP 1000 REVIEWER 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather on 14 July 2014
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Having seen the trailer at the cinema, and knowing that the cast was excellent, I eagerly anticipated watching this film. Although I did not expect a side-splitting comedy, the trailer hinted at some humour and amusing family interactions. It was, in fact, unrelentingly dreary and although the cast was stellar and there were some superb individual performances, notably the wonderful Meryl Streep, I would not recommend this film if you are, as I was, expecting an evening of gentle amusement and entertainment.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
Beverly (Sam Shepard) is a drinker and poet. He is married to Violet (Meryl Streep) a smoker with mouth cancer and pill addict. Beverly hires a person (Misty Upham) to take care of Violet because sadly he knows his daughters won't. After his suicide, Violet's three daughters and sister (Margo Martindale) come to her home. Violet is pill drunk, yet incredibly astute as to what is happening. The daughters all have their issues as they strive to make a mess of their own lives. During this get together, old wounds are opened, new ones created, and secrets revealed.

If the goal of the film is to make the audience feel uncomfortable, this one succeeds as much as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Indeed I imagined the director viewing the audience wringing his hands as they squirm in their seats. This is not a feel good film, and indeed, I have a family of four cats (mother with 3 daughters) that get along better than this dysfunctional family.

The production is well acted. I was glued to the screen as I watched a tragedy unfold as Barbara (Julia Roberts) turns into her mother.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sue Kichenside TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 July 2014
Format: DVD
An all-star cast hams it up to the eye-balls in this appallingly written and directed film. It's rare to see Meryl Streep give an unconvincing performance but virtually all the actors here are badly miscast and guilty of chewing the carpet, with the possible exception of Julianne Nicholson. Unbelievable - and unbelievably bad.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
"August: Osage County" (2013 release; 120 min.) brings the story of one dysfunctional family. As the movie opens (pre-credits), we see Beverly (played by Sam Shepherd) interviewing a live-in housemaid to help him deal with Violet (played by Meryl Streep), who has mouth cancer and pops pain medicine like it's candy. The opening credits then roll to the tune of Eric Clapton's "Lay Down Sally" (which will play a few more times in the movie, it is Vi's favorite song ever). Not long afterwards, Bev goes missing, and the three daughters Barbara (played by Julia Roberts), Karen (played by Juliette Lewis) and Ivy (played by Julianne Nicholson) and their husbands/significant others are all coming to Osage County, OK. To tell you more of the plot would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: ah yes, the performances! Let's start with this: as big a fan as I am of Meryl Streep, I think she is way off course in this one, with her performance so borderline over the top that it almost ruins the movie. You can just feel the ACTING dripping off the screen. On multiple occasions Meryl's character Vi dishes out zingers left and right that just end up hurting the people she supposedly loves, but Vi insists that "I'm just truth telling". The big surprise for me instead was Julia Richards, now 46, and possibly turning in her most mature movie role in her career, "Erin Brockovich" notwithstanding. At one point we see her character Barbara getting into an argument with her husband, who claims this place is a madhouse, to which she snorts back "This madhouse is my home!", ha!
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