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Osage County

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"Academy Award Winners Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts star in the darkly hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives converge when a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional mother who raised them. Based on Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, Director John Wells skillfully translates from stage to screen, leading an all-star cast that includes Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham."--Container.

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CRRL_SusanB
Jan 14, 2021

What impressive acting by a great cast. The storyline was very moving and full of raw emotion. There was some profanity and I would recommend to maybe only age 16 and up due to this fact. I loved the cast and what they brought to the characters. I would definitely watch this one again.

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BlackTiger
Jun 26, 2020

If you're looking for a Dick and Jane riding into the sunset happy ever after escape, look elsewhere. If you want a no holds barred look into one family's response to extreme poverty, physical, and emotional abuse, this is a film you don't want to miss. Every actor in the film gave such superb performances that the character's are forever stamped in my heart. God help us.

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gord_ma
Apr 21, 2019

[August: Osage County] is not a comedy. This film is, along with [The Squid and the Whale], the most accurate dramatic portrayal of pathological narcissism that I've yet seen. There is no negotiation. There is no compromise. The only thing one can do is run and run quickly.

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lavasushi
Apr 12, 2019

Hmmm. I don’t see WICKEDLY FUNNY, dark, hilarious as one critic said. It just felt like Meryl Streep was acting like a drunk, dysfunctional person dominating the family for no apparent reason. No story line.

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HuckleberryFairy
Nov 10, 2018

I will always remember and often think of Meryl Streep's character in this and it makes me laugh. So I'm glad I have that on recall for when I need a chuckle. It's a lot of talking and drama and that's the whole movie.

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Courier2003
May 21, 2018

I checked this out to see Sam Shepard, now deceased. Watched part of it , too boring for this senior.

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Minnesinger
Mar 12, 2018

The guy who said this is a ‘chick flick’ could not be more wrong. It is dark and painful.

It’s true that the female actors have the meatier roles, but the tragedy could just as well be father-son. Here the most explosive dialog is between mother and daughter. But the repercussions are far-reaching, affecting all characters.

The star is, of course, Meryl Streep, who, as always, immerses herself so completely in the role that she becomes the bitter, vile-tempered woman who repels everyone—including us, the audience. The rage that Streep channels is volcanic.

Julia Roberts is also outstanding; she plays the emotionally damaged daughter who gives as good as she gets. She has a lifetime of pain to pay back, and won’t let Mom off the hook.

If you suffered abuse as a child, you might want to avoid this film because it is truly painful; I found myself reacting physically, as in PTSD, because it felt so real.

The story is a human tragedy as timeless as one of Shakespeare’s tragedies. Don’t expect to be entertained. Just watch great actors at work.

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skinnyminnybean
Nov 19, 2017

Ah, god, keep me from these, please. Have I not lived it enough, but to watch it unfold on screen, who needs it? Up to date currently just add oxycodone to the story. Great acting, setting, drama, great actors, but I can live without watching one more story of defeat. Loss. The twist at the end is too much to bear. Hard to fathom. God, where do you go from there? But people do. "And I rise, and I rise, and I rise"... Yes, you must rise from the cards that are played at your birth or beyond, if you have the guts and heart to, some things you did not choose. And sometimes it's best to walk, or drive away.

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Nooksack20
Aug 21, 2017

This is purely a chickflick filled with endless dialogue and a paper thin plot.

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MichelleinBallard
Jun 21, 2017

Great cast, powerful acting.

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wiredonjava
Sep 02, 2014

Eat the fish! Eat the fish! Eat the fish! WT%!!!!!

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jimg2000
Jun 16, 2014

Beverly: Violet. My wife.
She takes pills,
sometimes a great many.
The facts are:
my wife takes pills and I drink.
That’s the bargain we’ve struck, a
little paragraph of our marriage contract...Rather than..
once more vow abstinence
with my fingers crossed.
I’ve chosen to turn my life over
to a Higher Power..
and join the ranks of the Hiring Class. (He hired Johnna, an Injun as domestic help as his wife was fighting mouth cancer.)
It’s not a decision with
which I’m entirely comfortable.
I mean, I know how to launder my..
...dirty undies. Done it all my life,
but I’m finding that
it’s getting in the way of my drinking.

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jimg2000
Jun 16, 2014

Barbara (Oldest Daughter): It's the pills talking.
Violet (Mother doped up): Pills can't talk!
...
Violet: You can't do this! This is my house! This is my house!
Barbara: You don't get it, do you? You don't get it! I AM running things now!

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jimg2000
Jun 16, 2014

Beverly: "Life is very long...”
TS Eliot.
Not the first person to say it,
certainly not the first person to think it.
But he’s given credit for it because
he bothered to write it down.
Now, if you say it,
you have to say his name after it.
“Life is very long:” TS Eliot.

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Jul 17, 2016

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Jul 29, 2015

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Jul 22, 2015

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Jul 29, 2015

Coarse Language: Frequent strong language throughout

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vv8
Jul 29, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Lots of emotional intensity surrounding suicide, addiction, divorce, etc.

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