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August: Osage County

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Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
August: Osage County
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The dark, hilarious, and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
Copyright Date: ©2014
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Additional Contributors: Wells, John 1956-
Streep, Meryl Actor
Roberts, Julia 1967-, Actor
Shepard, Sam 1943-, Actor
McGregor, Ewan 1971-, Actor
Lewis, Juliette Actor
Cooper, Chris 1951-, Actor
Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc.

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Nov 18, 2014
  • Mimsey rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

FIVE STARS For anyone interested in themes related to the Grail, the Fisher King, the wasteland, etc., this will be interesting.

(The Fisher King) Beverley installs a new caretaker in his household. She is a housekeeper who is also a Cherokee woman. He returns to the lake "to fish" and instead, commits suicide. As soon as the new housekeeper arrives, there is bounty on the table again, but the white man's cultural heritage, expressed in his family, remains toxic. Set in the great plains, action takes place in the family house, surrounded by stubble. The Fisher King guardianship passes to the native american woman, and with her, hope returns to the land, but not for the emblem of western culture, the family.

It is a very interesting interpretation, suggesting wholeness and sanity remain in native american culture despite injuries suffered, and perhaps that there is hope for the land itself in their care.

The wound of the prior Fisher King was terminal.
There are a number of wounds, a poisonous tongue/cancer of the mouth is one.
Wounds and error percolate through variations and generations.

Nov 10, 2014
  • ladydebv rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

one of the most depressing films I have seen in a long time.. not your usual fun Julia Roberts flick... a very serious Meryl Streep flick. excellent acting . if you aren't in the mood for a downer don't watch it though.

Sep 29, 2014
  • beckythecat1 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Okay, this dysfunctional family makes my dysfunctional family seem normal. The dinner table scene is so close to several I have attended. And Julia not looking really glamour ? There is hope for us regular people.
Probably not the best for the under 12 age.

Sep 24, 2014
  • miaone rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This movie is ugly, coarse, vulgar, tasteless, with no socially redeeming characteristics whatsoever.

Aug 18, 2014
  • Staggerwing rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Very depressing movie. Dark side of a dysfunctional family of alcoholics, drugs addiction, incest, and infidelity.

The actors and actresses were good in their roles but I was very disappointed to hear Julia Roberts using the horribly foul language. I'm surprised she accepted this role after reading the script.

I would not recommend watching. There are much better movies to spend time watching.

Jul 31, 2014
  • Saint_Mirin rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I could only get through it on fast forward. The Weinstein Company typically produces only the best films and unfortunately this is an exception to the rule. Slow. Boring. No likeable characters. No redeeming character traits or depth in anyone. Dialogue and scenes seemingly choreographed specifically for Oscar attention and no other purpose. Because so much of the budget likely went to the actor's salaries, we have to listen to Lay Down Sally and Last Mile Home at least 3 or 4 times each because no money was left to budget a *quality* soundtrack. If you enjoyed this film, you might also be able to sit through Rachel Getting Married or Running With Scissors.

Jul 07, 2014
  • obrus1_2obrus rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

If for nothing else, this movie is worth watching for yet another fantastic Meryl Streep's performance.

I think Julia Roberts should have taken home the Oscar for her performance. I really think that both she and Meryl Streep should have won, but that is my bias toward this OUTSTANDING film.

Jun 27, 2014
  • 21221018293347 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Meryl Streep is fabulous and very convincing as the controlling, manipulative, abusive mother of three daughters. After her husband's disappearance, the family gathers for his funeral. The month of August is hot, sweaty, and family skeletons are aired - it is more like the closet exploding with skeletons. Raw, explosive, scab pickingly disturbing.

Jun 05, 2014
  • kz_1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A dysfunctional family are brought back together by an unexpected event and are forced to face their demons.
I wasn't expecting much, but I was sorta intrigued midway.Great characters and overall a great film!

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Sep 02, 2014
  • wiredonjava rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

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