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Affecting, but exhausting dysfunctional family drama.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that August: Osage County is an intense drama about a dysfunctional family and the chaos that erupts in the wake of a suicide that triggers several difficult revelations. There are several bitter arguments as an Oklahoma family's deepest secrets are revealed, along with healthy doses of profanity (including "f--k" and "c--t"), drinking, and smoking. Adultery, incest, and attempted sexual assault are part of the overall story. The main character pops prescription pills like jelly beans and one middle-aged man smokes pot with a teenage girl.
Families can talk about how the movie depicts family. Does any part of the story feel familiar to you? Do you notice anything about this fictional family that seems more or less realistic than other families in movies?
What is harder to endure: a movie packed with unrealistic gun violence or a film like this, full of family tension and bitterness? What kind of movie is more satisfying?
The good stuff
Messages: Families can sustain you, but they can also be so dysfunctional that they're not healthy. Secrets are destructive, and the truth usually comes out anyway.
Role models: The film's full of very angry characters coming to terms with the reasons for their anger, colliding with others in the process. Practically nobody comes across as any kind of role model in this film that centers on a bitter, drug-addicted matriarch of a highly dysfunctional family. A few characters try to do the right thing, but their motivations or methods are questionable.
What to watch for
Violence: Several intense arguments among family members, most instigated by cruel goading from their bitter matriarch. Some escalate into screaming fights and at one point the adult daughter tries to wrestle the mother to the ground to take a bottle of pills from her hands. A man is assaulted with a frying pan as he attempts to seduce a young teenage girl.
Sex: Several references to sexual relationships, including adultery and incest. A middle-aged man attempts to seduce a 14-year-old girl, isolating her and trying to kiss her. Three adult sisters have an entire conversation about the best term to use to refer to their mother's vagina.
Language: Plenty of swearing all through the film, including "Goddamn," "s--t," "bitch," "c--t," "---hole," numerous variations of "f--k," and many other creative uses of profanity.
Consumerism: One character drives a red Ferrari convertible.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: A main character is addicted to prescription drugs and pops pills through much of the film. Her husband is a long-time alcoholic. Other characters smoke cigarettes and drink socially in several scenes. A middle-aged man discusses his desire to smoke pot and later shares a joint with a teenage girl. Several types of medications are mentioned by name, including Valium, OxyContin, Percoset, Dilaudid, Xanax and more.
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Superb Acting in Dark Film by bloomie
As always, Meryl Streep does not disappoint. Her acting was amazing as was that of most of the cast. Chris Cooper played a compassionate part in a film that was otherwise very very dark. Do not think this will have laughs as I did from the trailers I saw. There aren't any to be found, but it takes you through the paces of an extremely dysfunctional family. Not an uplifter by any stretch of the imagination, so it might not be for everyone to see.
August: Osage County by dixonbruce
Great acting but this was the most dismal, depressing movie about a horribly dysfunctional family that I have ever seen! I don't recommend it for any age.
august osage county by turboflyn
Love meryl streep! this was excellent I laugh'd I cried a bunch made me feel like my family bs is not soooo off the chart.....excellent...enjoyed every minute at one part of the movie i was physically involved (raised my arm) to protect like I ............WAS IN THE MOVIE loved it go see it....ADULTs only sooooo real!!
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf! by hidavidbrown
Lots of shouting and obnoxious, drunk characters to watch if you like that sort of thing. The character development felt "forced", each one getting their chance to out-over-act the next. Meryl Streep is too believable at times, she is amazing.
Great movie! by ruud3
my best friends drags me to the movies every once in a while, usually i have not heard or seen any previews on the ones she picks, like AUGUST... i must admit i was very pleasantly surprised by the drama unfolding.. I laughed, I teared up at parts. related to others!! I would recommend you GO!!
Lovely. by nicolew221b
I loved this film! I read the play a while back and loved it then. There's humor and sadness and just enough of the two to keep you going throughout the entirety of the film. Brilliant!
January Thaw? by marydorr5
My daughter and I went to this movie because we both loved Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. We knew nothing about the film and left in a fog. My daughter kept saying she had hoped for the comedy of Roseanne. Did the director miss the mark when the audience didn't care about any of the characters, or was that the author? The acting was superb and usually that is enough to carry me into the storyline of the movie. In this case, I kept hoping that it was going to end soon.
August:Osage County by sassybroaddus
I saw the original Broadway play and will admit that I was expecting to be a little disappointed by the movie and was pleasantly surprised to find the movie really holds up. Remarkable acting and amazing portrait of a dysfunctional family. I highly recommend the movie!
Xanax please! by shesween
I wasn't sure if I needed a Xanax or a glass of wine after seeing this movie, maybe both? It's an exciting all star cast with some intense and superb acting - especially Meryl Streep. However, I never felt very connected to any of the characters. The TV trailer shows you most of the comedic moments in the movie and while you chuckle at them again you realize given the scene in the movie they are more pathetically funny then really funny. You feel like you have to laugh but you wonder to yourself, did I really just laugh at that?! I felt sorry for most of the characters. Granted many people come from families with issues (infidelity, drug abuse, intense mother/daughter and sister relationships)but this is one messed up family! The only normal sane person in the movie is the Native American care taker for Violet. When the movie ended at the point it did, I was like "that's it?!" Save your $$ and rent on DVD. It was a long 2 hours in the theater...
August: Osage County by lacampagne
Outstanding cast throughout. Very well done as to screenplay, photography and casting.
While this did not get a good review in the Chron, I diasgree and would recomment it to most people. If the F word bothers you. don't go !!!