August: Osage County Sunday, 05 April 2020

August: Osage County

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong coarse language and mature themes.

  • The pitch:

    A theatrical family reunion.

  • Starring:

    Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Margo Martindale, Sam Shepard, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Misty Upham

  • Directed by:

    John Wells

  • Running time:

    130 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    A man behaves inappropriately toward a teen. People yell, argue, wrestle, shout, get hit by an object, slapped. A story is recounted of being attacked with a claw hammer. Genocide mentioned. Objects thrown, smashed. Blood/gore: A corpse is dressed for burial.


    Kissing, bum-grabbing. Infidelity mentioned. Erection reference.


    Addiction to prescription pills (Xanax, OxyCotin, Valium, Vicodin, Percodan, Percodex, Darvocet). A man and a teen smoke marijuana. Drug addiction, dope-smoking discussed. Alcohol (wine, beer, spirits). Smoking.


    C-word, f-words, s-words, a-words, sonofab*tch. Name calling. Religious exclamations. A vegetarian is teased. Gender, family, ethnic, rural, teen stereotypes. Derogatory reference to lesbians (comic). Slang and actual terms for genitalia.


    Family, mouth cancer, suicide, reunions, blame, death, grief, separation, divorce, incest, family secrets, drug addiction, missing persons, cervical cancer, unhappy childhoods, dominant mothers, breakdown, taboos, estrangement, forgiveness, resentment, heat, favouritism, conflict, mother-daughter relationships.


    Deceased father/husband/grandfather. Previous marriages, separation, divorce mentioned. Funeral. Cows, thunder. Chemotherapy, radiation, MRI, CT Scan, cognitive impairment (brain damage), hysterectomy mentioned. Vomiting. Based on the play by Tracy Letts.


    Enjoyable, watchable, funny, dark, histrionic, solid, bracing, hilarious, touching, entertaining. Strong momentum, commendable all-star cast, elegant cinematography, intelligent material, theatrical narrative structure, Streep is electrifying, Roberts' best role in years.


    Uneven, uninspired, lumpy, exhausting. Awkward opening scenes, feels a little rushed, not as effective as the stage version.

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