August: Osage County
The death and funeral of their father brings three sisters to the home of their mother, Violet (Meryl Streep), an acid-tongued, pill-popping cancer patient. Daughters Barbara (Julia Roberts), Karen (Juliette Lewis) and Ivy (Julianne Nicholson) ] -- along with their significant others and various other kin -- take the full brunt of their dysfunctional matriarch's venom, for Violet tells every one of them exactly what she thinks of them. Based on the play by Tracy Letts.
Release Date: December 27, 2013
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First off, the acting is wonderful in August: Osage County. Compelling performances by Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Margo Martindale and others are the movie’s strengths. Osage County is also admittedly well written. If acting and writing take precedence over your need for life-affirming messages and tidy resolutions, go for it. If you’re looking for comforting entertainment, keep looking... See Full ReviewApril 24th, 2014 · Details
I didn’t have the chance to book a root canal, so I did the next best thing. I saw “August: Osage County.”
As the story of this incredibly dysfunctional Oklahoma family is unfolding, my numbing mind began to wander as I tried to imagine how the film could possibly get more depressing. Well, my imagination didn’t get much exercise because every scene did all the work and delivered depression by the barrels full. We are in Oklahoma, after all.
Even the few touching moments end up being a bummer... See Full ReviewJanuary 14th, 2014 · Details
“August: Osage County” travels from the stage to the screen with much of its theatricality intact. Too much. For all the scenic prairie panoramas and lived-in look of the big, rural Oklahoma house that is the setting, it still feels like a play — with Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and pretty much everybody else playing to the back row.
A sharp-tongued melodrama of cruelty, comical cursing, “big scenes” and shocking revelations, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tracy Letts kept it all in there and then some in this all-star serving of Oscar bait... See Full Review
Attending the family gathering in August: Osage County (**½ out of four; rated R; opens Friday in limited release) requires a strong stomach and the ability to withstand two hours of bickering and screaming matches.
But the dialogue is so sharply written and the sniping so deftly performed that it can be entertaining, though challenging to endure... See Full Review
When a movie is based on a celebrated play, the first question to ask is, Does it play? In the case of August: Osage County, an adaptation of Tracy Letts' 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about an Oklahoma family marinating in its own miserabilism, the answer is yes. The fights, insults, and sadistic parent-child mind games, the powerhouse acting that shades into overacting (though I'll be damned if you could say exactly when)...the movie is red meat for anyone who thrives on a certain brand of punchy, in-your-face emotional shock value... See Full Review