August: Osage County

 

 
Quick Stats
 

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Release Date: December 27th, 2013
 
Length: 2 hours 1 minute
 
Storyline: A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
 
Studio: Weinstein Company, The., Jean Doumanian Productions, Smokehouse Pictures, Battle Mountain Films, Yucaipa Films
 
Producer: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Jean Doumanian, Steve Traxler
 
Written By: Tracy Letts
 
Plot / Story
92%


 
Characters
88%


 
Acting
94%


 
Cinematography
88%


 
Soundtrack
80%


 
Uniqueness
90%


 
Total Score
89%


User Rating
5 total ratings

 

What We Liked


The acting in this film was stellar, it's a very realistic film that goes in depth into the struggle of family.

What We Disliked


Some moments were a bit goofy that seemed out of place in such a grim film.


Bottom Line

The three sisters: Barbara (Julia Roberts), Karen (Juliette Lewis), and Ivy (Julianne Nicholson) all face the terrors of trying to deal with their drug-addicted, horrible mother. This film has the ability to sink in and rip your heart out, as viewers watch the endless destruction of a torn family.

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Posted April 26, 2014 by

 
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Full Review

Everything is out on the table as the Weston family attempts to bury their hatchets.

Fair warning to all thinking about watching, August: Osage County, it is VERY grim. There are a few kinks here and there that attempt to insert relief from the grim through comedy. However the film, for the most part, was extremely dark and heavy.

The film begins in a dark house, home to an older couple: Beverly (Sam Shepard)  and Violet Weston (Meryl Streep). Immediately we see the pure dominant personality of Violet, and the more mellow Beverly. Violet barges into Beverly’s study, ranting and raving – due to the pills that she regularly consumes – whilst Beverly simply sips on his whisky and nods his head at her. A few minutes later, we realize how truly depressed Beverly feels, as he ends up killing himself. This film is about the strength of the women in the Weston family, and their ability to come together to support their mother – whom is the strongest of them all.

The three sisters: Barbara (Julia Roberts), Karen (Juliette Lewis), and Ivy (Julianne Nicholson) all face the terrors of trying to deal with their drug-addicted, horrible mother. This film has the ability to sink in and rip your heart out, as viewers watch the endless destruction of a torn family.

The house serves as the epicentre of all familial disputes, hence the extremely dark setting inside. However, once outside the house, viewers and characters alike get this feeling of an extreme burden being lifted off their shoulders. The southern countryside is beautiful enough to let the viewers, and characters ease up. The sun shines, and the trees sway with the wind, and all tension seems to float away.

Everything is out on the table as the Weston family attempts to bury their hatchets. This film is an emotional roller-coaster that will leave you breathless, in tears, while smiling. Bravo, brava to all that were involved in the creation of such a fantastic drama.

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