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August: Osage County (2013)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Letts' play made its Broadway debut in December 2007 after premiering at Chicago's legendary Steppenwolf Theatre earlier that year. It continued with a successful international run. (c) Weinstein

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Cast

Meryl Streep
as Violet Weston
Julia Roberts
as Barbara Weston
Juliette Lewis
as Karen Weston
Ewan McGregor
as Bill Fordham
Abigail Breslin
as Jean Fordham
Margo Martindale
as Mattie Fae Aiken
Chris Cooper
as Charles Aiken
Benedict Cumberbatch
as Little Charles Aiken
Dermot Mulroney
as Steve Heidebrecht
Sam Shepard
as Beverly Weston
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Critic Reviews for August: Osage County

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A sometimes wickedly funny but ultimately sour, loud, draining tale of one of the most dysfunctional families in modern American drama.

January 21, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

This star-studded loopy melodrama is brash, foul-mouthed, self-consciously offensive, intermittently insightful and has a gaping hole where its heart should be.

January 21, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

August: Osage County is all about the acting. That makes sense because the storyline doesn't offer much that could be considered new or remarkable.

January 12, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

August: Osage County is easier to watch on screen, and maybe for that we should be grateful. But there's also something to be said for sitting shell-shocked afterward, shaken and relieved to be free from witnessing more of this family's downfall.

January 10, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Although a couple of performances here may earn Oscar nominations, by the time you've sat through the wreckage, you're left with the sense that this really must have worked better onstage.

January 10, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Letts loves manic people, twisted situations and barbed lines that cut with glee and he's disturbingly good at delivering all three.

January 10, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for August: Osage County

½

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.
Jens S.

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½

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.

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familiar stranger

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A quiet tragedy with a great cast. Why wasn't this one nominated for an Oscar? You must see this to see how good Meryl Streep is in it.

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