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August: Osage County

2013, Comedy/Drama, 1h 59m

209 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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The sheer amount of acting going on in August: Osage County threatens to overwhelm, but when the actors involved are as talented as Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, it's difficult to complain. Read critic reviews

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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.

Cast & Crew

Meryl Streep
Violet Weston
Julia Roberts
Barbara Weston
Ewan McGregor
Bill Fordham
Chris Cooper
Charles Aiken
Abigail Breslin
Jean Fordham
Benedict Cumberbatch
Little Charles Aiken
Juliette Lewis
Karen Weston
Margo Martindale
Mattie Fae Aiken
Sam Shepard
Beverly Weston
Tracy Letts
Screenwriter
Jeffrey Richards
Executive Producer
Jerry Frankel
Executive Producer
Ron Burkle
Executive Producer
Claire Rudnick Polstein
Executive Producer
Celia D. Costas
Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer
Adriano Goldman
Cinematographer
David Gropman
Production Design
Karen Gropman
Art Director
Nancy Haigh
Set Decoration
Cindy Evans
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  • Jan 31, 2017
    Meryl Streep stands out in a fantastic cast portraying a pretty dysfunctional family. Between moments of great tension and vileness between the members there are also very touching scenes. The plot has little function than to push those characters into the same room, from there on out it's a pleasure, albeit sometimes painful, to see them rub against each other. The well written interactions remain pretty memorable even days later.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2014
    August: Osage County is a heartbreaking account of the downfall of a family. Based on the play by Tracy Letts', the film is gripping and well-acted, but certainly not everyone's cup of tea. Rating: 71
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2014
    It's all fine until the deep dark secrets (so to speak) begin to come out. If only they were convincing enough. The tragedies keep on mounting, but it's hardly effective as I couldn't care enough for any of the characters. May have been better if they'd cared to execute the plot in a way that the twists and shocks felt genuine. Yet, for what it is, a single viewing shouldn't be fatal. In fact, I found it to be a relatively better means of time pass (apparently, for that once). 2.25 out of 5.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • May 31, 2014
    While it borders, and eventually exceeds, in melodrama, August: Osage County is a film hard not to be impressed with. It's dark, cynical, funny in its own way, yet penetrating in its look at one dysfunctional family. It's a film that takes itself very seriously, yet backs it up with talent and a sort of fierceness about itself that keeps one ever engaged. The film revolves around the profoundly dysfunctional Weston family, a Oklahoma based intellectual family, but one riddled with secrets, prejudices, insecurities, and discord. When the male patriarch disappears, it leaves the restless, drug addicted, and deeply flawed Violet Weston, played by Meryl Streep, at the helm, let to deal with her estranged daughters. This all gives a very interesting look at family dynamics and intergenerational strife, and the ripple effects it has. Too often, family dramas never feel real, they're too sanitized, too clean, too polished. One cannot say that of the Weston's who seem all too relatable for many of us. It also serves as a powerful character study about addiction, and the role of substance abuse in troubled families. This is all anchored by an enormously talented ensemble cast, full of some of the most prolific actors of our time, with all of them turning out excellent performances. If there is to be a criticism of Osage County, it's certainly that its melodrama gets away from itself in the later act of the film. Things start to fall apart too easily, the dysfunction starts to feel contrived, and the actors are left to wallow in their own pity. The contrivance is not felt early on, however, making the last act the weakest. The film's huge ensemble cast was undoubtedly a bit too big, feeding a number of storylines that could otherwise be self contained. Still, the dialogue is rich, the characters well realized, and the commentary often poignant, making up for the later shortcomings. 4/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer

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