AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is an adaptation of the award winning play by Tracy Lett which is about a dysfunctional family of strong-willed women. It is a dark yet hilarious story about the strong-willed women of the Weston family. The Weston women have parted ways until a domestic crisis, a suicide in the family, brought them back to an unwelcomed reunion to the Midwest house they grew up.
The movie is an old-fashioned drama about dysfunctional families where the most memorable moments are not the domestic chaos and fighting but the modest and hushed tones.
The movie setting where everything happened is in the house and as in the play, the centerpiece of the movie is the family dinner that ends with Barbara lunging at Violet, making it clear that she is now in charge but realizes that she is turning like her bitter, pill-popping and unforgiving mother Violet.
The film reminds you of stage plays about the South but the way it is dealt is like trailer trash family members having a fight. On the acting side, the main characters did very well where each one was given their moment to shine.
It stars Meryl Streep as Violet Weston, Julia Roberts as Barbara Weston, Juliette Lewis as Karen Weston, Ewan McGregor as Bill Fordham, Abigail Breslin as Jean Fordham, Chris Cooper as Charles Aiken and Margo Martindale as Mattie Fae Aiken. Directed by John Wells.