Sunday, November 20, 2016

August: Osage County (2013)

Academy Awards, USA 2014

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Meryl Streep
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Julia Roberts

The Weinstein Company
Directed by John Wells
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

When her alcoholic husband disappears, a middle aged woman suffering from cancer summons her three adult children to her remote home in Oklahoma. The arrive with boyfriends, husbands and children in tow, and proceed to let loose on each other over dinner. Family secrets are revealed, reach their boiling point and explode. Meryl Streep gives another phenomenal performance as the pill popping, overbearing mother... but gets a little too close to Mommie Dearest territory in my opinion. Her over-the-top portrayal induces tears and laughter, as do the plot twists, each more ludicrous than the last.

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