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August: Osage County (2013)

August: Osage County (2013)

aka August: Osage County

"Misery loves family."

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superb family dramedy

The first act of this movie – where we see Bev and Violet’s miserable existence – felt a bit superfluous. I had just resigned myself to this being nowhere near as awesome as I’d expected (because though I’d never seen the play, I knew it was supposed to be great), when the rest of the cast entered and the fireworks began. And the fireworks did not stop until the very end, as the supremely talented cast displayed more and more histrionics to increasing effect.

As usual, Meryl Streep simply commands the screen whenever she’s on it, as the offensive and drug-addled matriarch. But what’s impressive is that the entire cast holds its own with Streep – even Julia Roberts, whom I’ve never held in high regard. Roberts has stripped away her rom-com persona, along with her looks, and is surprisingly believable as an embittered middle-aged woman torn between desperation and rage. Another shout out must go to Julianne Nicholson as the middle sister, Ivy, who is visibly struggling not to give...(more)

The first act of this movie – where we see Bev and Violet’s miserable existence – felt a bit superfluous. I had just resigned myself to this being nowhere near as awesome as I’d expected (because though I’d never seen the play, I knew it was supposed to be great), when the rest of the cast entered and the fireworks began. And the fireworks did not stop until the very end, as the supremely talented cast displayed more and more histrionics to increasing effect.

As usual, Meryl Streep simply commands the screen whenever she’s on it, as the offensive and drug-addled matriarch. But what’s impressive is that the entire cast holds its own with Streep – even Julia Roberts, whom I’ve never held in high regard. Roberts has stripped away her rom-com persona, along with her looks, and is surprisingly believable as an embittered middle-aged woman torn between desperation and rage. Another shout out must go to Julianne Nicholson as the middle sister, Ivy, who is visibly struggling not to give in to despair at the hand life dealt her.

The editing of this film is superb; it perfectly mixes scenes of hysterical screaming and cursing with quiet and mellow chats between characters. Scenes last surprisingly long, but they’re so enjoyable that it doesn’t feel that way, and I wished the director wouldn’t cut away. Also, there is one major bombshell dropped toward the end that I won’t spoil, but it had an entire theater of nearly 500 gasping simultaneously. The beauty is that the movie threw some predictable twists our way to lull us into thinking we were so damn clever, only to completely yank the rug out from under us with The Twist.

The movie also contains a surprising amount of humor, but there were many laugh-out-loud moments. Ironically, the funniest scene was also the climactic one where shit hit the fan – Roberts is hilarious as her character acts more and more over-the-top in her desperation, but what sealed the deal is the childlike look of sheer glee on Streep’s face as she breaks her plate.

If I had to nitpick, I’d say that Johnna’s character (the Native American maid) was not explored, and I wish she had been. But I understand the constraints of a movie’s running time (something several directors this year don’t seem to understand). I appreciate that the ending isn’t neat and tidy; that everyone hasn’t magically made up and discovered the ultimate love of family. It felt more realistic. In a weaker year, I’m sure this would sweep the Oscars; as it is, I’m still hoping for some Oscar love for this movie. (less)

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Normally US family dramas, in german called "Problemfilm", are almost unbearable. Not realistic, humanistic and engaging enough to keep the general audience interested. Not so with this drama. The play features all the problems of the Problemfilm, the actors engage into hilarious overacting, Meryl Streep is in the middle even replaced by Sean Penn's Cheyenne for some time, but the overacting leads to a lot of fun. Almost a Woody Allen. I enjoyed the ending a lot.

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watchable but a bit overrated

not memorable

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Cast:

Small Violet Weston
Small Barbara Weston
Small Karen Weston
Small Bill Fordham
Small Charles Aiken
Small Jean Fordham
Small Charles Aiken
Small Mattie Fae Aiken
Small Steve Heidebrecht
Small Ivy Weston
Small Beverly Weston
No_movie_poster Johnna Monevata
No_movie_poster Dr. Burke
No_movie_poster Sheriff Deon Gilbeau
No_movie_poster Young Soldier

Crew:

No_movie_poster John Wells Directing
No_movie_poster Harvey Weinstein Production
Small George Clooney Production
No_movie_poster Jean Doumanian Production
Small Grant Heslov Production
No_movie_poster Steve Traxler Production
No_movie_poster Tracy Letts Writing
No_movie_poster Tracy Letts Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Stephen Mirrione Editing

Taglines:

"Misery loves family."

Plot:

In Oklahoma, in August, Beverly Weston (Shepard), is a poet with a drinking problem while his wife, Violet (Streep) suffers from mouth cancer and has a newly developed addiction to drugs. Beverly decides to hire a live-in cook and caregiver for Violet.


A few weeks after Johnna (Upham) is hired, Beverly disappears which motivates the family to come together to look for him but only to find a few days later that he has committed suicide. Violet and Beverly's daughters, Barbara (Roberts) and Karen (Lewis), along with Ivy (Nicholson) who lives in the house, come to their father’s funeral, as does the entire family.


A series of conflicts ensue over the next several days as Violet and Barbara have never understood each other. Karen's fiance proves to be a pot smoker and tries to molest his soon to be niece, Ivy is planning to run away with her cousin after engaging in a romantic relationship. At the end Violet remains alone, only with Johnna.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2014-01-02 : Argentina

Theatrical : 2014-01-02 : Australia

Theatrical : 2014-01-09 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 2014-01-10 : Spain

Theatrical : 2014-01-16 : Hungary

Theatrical : 2014-01-17 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2014-01-23 : Singapore

Theatrical : 2014-01-30 : Russia

Theatrical : 2014-02-05 : Faroe Islands

Theatrical : 2014-02-05 : France

Theatrical : 2014-02-06 : Denmark

Theatrical : 2014-02-28 : Sweden

Theatrical : 2014-03-06 : Germany

Theatrical : 2013-12-25 : United States of America

theatrical : 2014-02-05 : India

Theatrical : 2014-01-17 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2014-02-04 : Buenos Aires

Theatrical : 2014-01-01 : Australia

Theatrical : 2014-03-20 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 2014-02-26 : France

Theatrical : 2013-12-27 : Los Angeles

Theatrical : 2013-12-27 : New York City

Theatrical : 2014-01-10 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2013-12-26 : Israel

Theatrical : 2013-12-27 : Brazil

Theatrical : 2014-01-01 : New Zealand

Theatrical : 2014-01-02 : Greece

Theatrical : 2014-01-24 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2014-01-31 : Bulgaria

Theatrical : 2014-02-14 : Estonia

Theatrical : 2014-02-21 : Colombia

Theatrical : 2014-02-27 : Hong Kong

Theatrical : 2014-02-28 : Finland

Theatrical : 2014-03-26 : Belgium

Theatrical : 2014-04-18 : Japan

2013-10-08 : United States of America

2013-10-11 : United States of America

2013-10-13 : United States of America

2013-10-15 : United States of America

2013-10-16 : United States of America

2013-10-25 : United States of America

2013-11-08 : United States of America

2013-11-13 : United States of America

2013-11-17 : United States of America

2013-09-09 : Canada

2013-10-15 : Chicago

2013-10-16 : Hawaii

2013-10-25 : Austin

2013-11-08 : Los Angeles

2013-11-17 : St. Louis

2013-09-09 : Toronto

2013-12-07 : Dubai

2014-03-01 : Belgrade

2013-12-07 : United Arab Emirates

2014-03-01 : Serbia