"AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY" (2013) (Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts) (R)
Drama: An estranged family gets together following the patriarch's death and must deal with their various strained interpersonal dynamics.
Beverly Weston (SAM SHEPARD) is a famous poet living in Osage County, Oklahoma along with his wife, Violet (MERYL STREEP). Beverly has a drinking problem, while Violet is addicted to painkillers and such, partly stemming from her current battle with mouth cancer. Beverly explains the irony of that affliction -- considering Violet's caustic tendency to say whatever she thinks -- to their new housekeeper, Johnna (MISTY UPHAM).
Violet isn't happy with this change, but just when she's starting to get used to it, Beverly goes missing. While that's something he's done in the past, it and the subsequent discovery that he committed suicide causes the family to come together despite otherwise being estranged.
While adult daughter Ivy (JULIANNE NICHOLSON) has stayed local, her sister, Barbara (JULIA ROBERTS), comes in from Colorado with her husband, Bill (EWAN McGREGOR), from whom she's separated, and their 14-year-old daughter, Jean (ABIGAIL BRESLIN). Their other sister, Karen (JULIETTE LEWIS), arrives from Miami with her flashy fiancÚ, Steve (DERMOT MULRONEY). And Violet's sister, Mattie Fae (MARGO MARTINDALE), arrives with her husband, Charles (CHRIS COOPER), although their adult son, Little Charles (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH), who Mattie Fae constantly belittles, ends up late for the funeral.
As they all get together, strained family dynamics built up over the years come to a head again, especially as they must deal with Violet's rude behavior and drug addiction.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Older teens might be interested if they're fans of anyone in the cast or of the source play. Younger teens and pre-teens will likely show little to no interest.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For language including sexual references, and for drug material.
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