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August: Osage County 2013
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  • John Wells
  • January 10, 2014
  • 121 mins
  • English
  • Comedy, Drama
Misery loves family.
A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths 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.

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Cinematically wanting but never dull, the excellent acting on display is enough to make a trip to August: Osage County worthwhile.

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Meryl Streep, why ya gotta be so mean?

On one hand, jeepers, is this film ever brutal. And on the other hand, wow, it could be the most fascinating thing ever, watching this rabidly embittered character tear endless strips of raw flesh off of her poor family members.

There are truly great performances all round, and though I didn't appreciate the tacked-on "upbeat" ending, I can understand why they had to add it for the sake of the less refined cinema-goers who rate movies poorly solely because they have a downbeat ending.

Also, put Julianne Nicholson in all the things.

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A true portrait of a family with real and well-constructed conflicts and characters. Delightful!

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