August: Osage County

August: Osage County

Blu-ray Disc - 2014
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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
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2014]
Edition: EnglishSpanish subtitled version
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray August 2014
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Audience: Rating: R; for language including sexual references, and for drug material
Alternative Title: Osage County

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COURIER3
May 21, 2018

I checked this out to see Sam Shepard, now deceased. Watched part of it , too boring for this senior.

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Minnesinger
Mar 12, 2018

The guy who said this is a ‘chick flick’ could not be more wrong. It is dark and painful.

It’s true that the female actors have the meatier roles, but the tragedy could just as well be father-son. Here the most explosive dialog is between mother and daughter. But the repercussions are far-reaching, affecting all characters.

The star is, of course, Meryl Streep, who, as always, immerses herself so completely in the role that she becomes the bitter, vile-tempered woman who repels everyone—including us, the audience. The rage that Streep channels is volcanic.

Julia Roberts is also outstanding; she plays the emotionally damaged daughter who gives as good as she gets. She has a lifetime of pain to pay back, and won’t let Mom off the hook.

If you suffered abuse as a child, you might want to avoid this film because it is truly painful; I found myself reacting physically, as in PTSD, because it felt so real.

The story is a human tragedy as timeless as one of Shakespeare’s tragedies. Don’t expect to be entertained. Just watch great actors at work.

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skinnyminnybean
Nov 19, 2017

Ah, god, keep me from these, please. Have I not lived it enough, but to watch it unfold on screen, who needs it? Up to date currently just add oxycodone to the story. Great acting, setting, drama, great actors, but I can live without watching one more story of defeat. Loss. The twist at the end is too much to bear. Hard to fathom. God, where do you go from there? But people do. "And I rise, and I rise, and I rise"... Yes, you must rise from the cards that are played at your birth or beyond, if you have the guts and heart to, some things you did not choose. And sometimes it's best to walk, or drive away.

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Nooksack20
Aug 21, 2017

This is purely a chickflick filled with endless dialogue and a paper thin plot.

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MichelleinBallard
Jun 21, 2017

Great cast, powerful acting.

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quelab
Mar 06, 2017

this movie is a good movie however be advised it is a lot of curse words. but the story line sounds like your almost average family drama. lots of drama, but reality.

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britprincess1ajax
Feb 02, 2017

Star-studded but lacklustre, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY failed to live up to my expectations. I don't know what else to say. The story felt like it was building to some revelation but it really led to nothing. The whole family is acrimonious and there doesn't seem to be a happy ending in sight. The way I see it, this film is 121 minutes I'll never get back. What a disappointment. I don't recommend it.

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tesstlc
Aug 24, 2016

I wish I'd read reviews before watching this. I'm glad I only watched the first 15 minutes or so before realizing it wasn't worth it. It starts with an unpleasant woman who is suffering from cancer, then flashes back to show that she was always unpleasant (and that is putting it lightly). Not worth any more of my time! If you want to watch people being mean to each other, go ahead.

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lizbeth51
Jul 17, 2016

A very unpleasant film-good acting, done with lots of nastiness, bitterness, venom, profanity and some plate throwing. I don't recommend it, even though near the end we find out why they were so un-pleasant.

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GrinBig
May 24, 2016

Great acting, but depressing story line. If your family is not deeply dysfunctional, as the one portrayed, at least you end the film on a note that makes you happy to be re-entering your far less complicated life. Sometimes I watch a movie like this for the same reason that it's hard not to stare at a car wreck. A sense of sorrow, disbelief, and "thank God that's not me."

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wiredonjava
Sep 02, 2014

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

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jimg2000
Jun 16, 2014

Beverly: Violet. My wife.
She takes pills,
sometimes a great many.
The facts are:
my wife takes pills and I drink.
That’s the bargain we’ve struck, a
little paragraph of our marriage contract...Rather than..
once more vow abstinence
with my fingers crossed.
I’ve chosen to turn my life over
to a Higher Power..
and join the ranks of the Hiring Class. (He hired Johnna, an Injun as domestic help as his wife was fighting mouth cancer.)
It’s not a decision with
which I’m entirely comfortable.
I mean, I know how to launder my..
...dirty undies. Done it all my life,
but I’m finding that
it’s getting in the way of my drinking.

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jimg2000
Jun 16, 2014

Barbara (Oldest Daughter): It's the pills talking.
Violet (Mother doped up): Pills can't talk!
...
Violet: You can't do this! This is my house! This is my house!
Barbara: You don't get it, do you? You don't get it! I AM running things now!

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jimg2000
Jun 16, 2014

Beverly: "Life is very long...”
TS Eliot.
Not the first person to say it,
certainly not the first person to think it.
But he’s given credit for it because
he bothered to write it down.
Now, if you say it,
you have to say his name after it.
“Life is very long:” TS Eliot.

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lizbeth51
Jul 17, 2016

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Jul 29, 2015

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cassiemaxwell
Jul 22, 2015

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vv8
Jul 29, 2015

Coarse Language: Frequent strong language throughout

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vv8
Jul 29, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Lots of emotional intensity surrounding suicide, addiction, divorce, etc.

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