August: Osage County (2013)
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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Critic Reviews for August: Osage County
A sometimes wickedly funny but ultimately sour, loud, draining tale of one of the most dysfunctional families in modern American drama.
This star-studded loopy melodrama is brash, foul-mouthed, self-consciously offensive, intermittently insightful and has a gaping hole where its heart should be.
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.
With so many scenes that end in harsh emotional purging, there's little opportunity for the cast to put the fun in dysfunctional.
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.
Audience Reviews for August: Osage County
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.
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.
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.
August: Osage County Quotes
|Barbara Weston:||Holy shit that's Karen! You remember your Aunt Karen?|
|Barbara Weston:||And that must be this year's man!|
|Bill Fordham:||You're so goddamn self-righteous, you know that?|
|Barbara Weston:||Surely you must have realized when you started porkin' Pippi Longstockin' that you were due for some self-righteousness, just a smudge of indignation on my part!|
|Bill Fordham:||You're thoughtful, Barbara, but you're not open. You're passionate, but you're hard. You're a good, decent, funny, wonderful woman, and I love you, but - YOU'RE A PAIN IN THE ASS!|
|Violet Weston:||I'm not hungry!|
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