August: Osage County FeaturedWritten by Jon Patch
The Weinstein Company and Jean Doumanian Productions present a 121 minute, R rated, drama, comedy, directed by John Wells and screenplay by Tracy Letts with a theater release date of December 25, 2013.
In the Weston family Violet (Meryl Streep) is a constant pill popper. Why? She says that they help prevent the burning in her mouth due to cancer. Beverly (Sam Shepard) her husband is a constant drinker who tries every day to tolerate his life and his wife. He is interviewing a potential new maid for the house, a Native American named Johnna Monevata (Misty Upham) but after she gets a taste of the likes of Violet you wonder if she’ll decide to stick around! Well she does but Beverly does not!
The Weston’s have three daughters, Ivy (Julianne Nicholson) who lives in the same town with her parents in Oklahoma and is secretly dating her cousin Little Charles Aiken (Benedict Cumberbatch), Barbara (Julia Roberts) who is separated from her husband Bill (Fordham (Ewan McGregor) she lives in Colorado with her daughter Jean (Abigail Breslin) and Karen (Juliette Lewis) living the high life in Florida engaged to her man of the year Steve Huberbrecht (Dermot Mulroney). All three of the women have secrets that come out when the entire dysfunctional family gets together for their father’s funeral. Although one of the biggest secrets is contained within the Aiken family by Mattie Fae (Margo Martindale) from her husband Charlie (Chris Cooper). It’s not until the entire family gets together does all the dirty laundry come out leaving Violet alone and Barbara on a road trip 645 miles to Colorado in her pajamas.
Truly one of the best directed and written films that covers the inner functions of a truly dysfunctional family from the drugs, alcohol, feuds, hatred, love, misunderstandings to the downright physical and verbal abuse this story covers it all making you relate to the Weston’s or be thankful you are not a member of their family. In some ways the film that takes a somewhat humorous but mostly dramatic look into the Weston family is a reflection of what is wrong with today’s family in general and the director and writer does a phenomenal job of making the audience aware of it.
Truthfully though the best part of this movie is the acting by all the cast but it is Streep that raises the bar for all women in film after you see her performance in this story with Roberts not too far below her as she shows that she has inside of her a not so pretty woman scratching to get out. It’s no wonder both of these women are winning awards and rightfully so. Not too far away the little gold man named Oscar will be calling their names. Overall a great ensemble cast that will pull on your heart strings, tickle your funny bone but most of all bring to the big screen a truthful depiction of life acted on the big screen letting everyone in to see the truth that be told in the Weston house. The film is absolutely worth the ticket although its content may not appeal to a mass audience hopefully the accolades about the lead actors will! Written and appreciated for some of the best acting to hit the screen in some time with three and half paws out of four by Jon Patch.
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