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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as Violet Weston
as Barbara Weston
as Karen Weston
as Bill Fordham
as Jean Fordham
as Mattie Fae Aiken
as Charles Aiken
as Little Charles Aiken
as Steve Heidebrecht
as Beverly Weston
as Ivy Weston
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Critic Reviews for August: Osage County
This is a movie about crummy mummies in which everyone looks their age. That will strike many as a downer but I was left wanting more.
The movie version of Tracy Letts's award-winning Broadway stage play looks classy, but doesn't add up to anything very nourishing.
This star-studded shout-off generates none of the heat and intensity of Tracy Letts' stage play.
A sometimes wickedly funny but ultimately sour, loud, draining tale of one of the most dysfunctional families in modern American drama.
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.
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