Saturday, February 8, 2014

August: Osage County: Will Make You Sweat

If it weren't for an amazing cast, this chronicle of family dysfunction would be unwatchable. But thanks to nuanced performances by Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and everyone one else on screen, it becomes gripping drama.

The characters are complex and even the brutal and malicious matriarch, played brilliantly by Streep, moves past hateful to pitiable. Dark secrets are revealed and the next generation, Roberts and two sisters, played by Juliette Lewis and Julianne Nicholson, struggle to break through the familial horror story and create more functioning —dare we say happy?— lives for themselves.

The Movie Slut almost skipped this one. Lately, too many movies have thrown a spotlight on toxic families. But she now admits she would have missed a masterpiece.

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