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It might just be that 'August: Osage County' is better left on the stage

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August: Osage County


Meryl Streep is a fantastic actress. She's received 18 Academy Award nominations and has won three of them for "Sophie's Choice" (1982), "The Iron Lady" (2011), and "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979). This year she's nominated yet again for "August: Osage County" and for perhaps the first time it seems undeserved. "August: Osage County" is an adaption of a Pulitzer Prize–winning play by the same name by Tracy Letts. See it here Hartford.

The films captures a few weeks in the life of one family located outside Pawhuska, Oklahoma. The plot stems from when the patriarch of the family, Beverly Weston (Sam Shepard), goes missing after he hires a caretaker for his wife Violet (Meryl Streep). Violet is suffering from a combination of throat cancer and lifelong addition to narcotics. To help, Beverly and Violet's three daughters, Ivy (Julianne Nicholson), Barbara (Julia Roberts), and Karen (Juliette Lewis), show up each with their own separate issues - including a strange bit of incest.

The interconnecting drama between the siblings is the best part of this film as all three actresses are on top form. Roberts especially is working the hardest she has in years. It's Streep who's out of step a bit in "August: Osage County" as the actress chews so much scenery that it's practically gone. Though, it might not be all her fault, the script of the film comes off as unnecessary and predictable. It might just be that "August: Osage County" is better left on the stage.


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