A sometimes wickedly funny but ultimately sour, loud, draining tale of one of the most dysfunctional families in modern American drama.
In theaters: Friday, 10 January 2014
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: John Wells
Cast: Meryl Streep, Dermot Mulroney, Julia Roberts
Michael Floressaid on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 3:40:19 AMNot a comedy? You mean this wasn't a parody of any number of movies and novels dating back at least 60 years? Its hard to find meaning in something thats been done a hundred times. I felt like someone was screaming for attention by whatever means necessary. Lets throw in some incest. This is melodrama in search of an Oscar.
Derbile McGuttycutssaid on Saturday, May 10, 2014 11:12:51 PMRoeper is no Ebert, and this review underscores that difference. The film is a good tragedy - not a comedy. So, if you came in expecting Big Momma's House 8, then - yes Roeper - you will be let down. The subject of the film is a downer, but it resonates as authentic (especially if it is anything like your own family), and is fascinating to watch these characters interact and get dissected.
kenyansaid on Sunday, March 02, 2014 2:34:53 PMThis movie isn't a comedy. The wrong classification is what makes you see it as a C-grade movie. Personally I would give it a 4/5 rank. It talks about real things in life and has lots of lessons to those who view their lives as a failure: money doesn't buy everything; and there are people who go through a lot in life if you knew you would laugh at your problems
John Strathernsaid on Sunday, March 02, 2014 2:03:30 PMRoper is right, although I would grade it lower. We did not walk out but stayed ti the "bitter" end. Was there a purpose to this film? Dark comedy? In the context of their relationships hardly anything was funny. The acting was superb. Wickedly funny?
Jaeson Iskandarsaid on Saturday, February 08, 2014 10:50:26 PMMovies, plays or songs take us into someone else's reality.
We are brought into someone's idea of family.
It isn't something sweet or warm, but it is part of someone's perception of family.
I think the trailers should have warned the audience about how draining this family interactions can be. But I urge anyone who even wants to watch this to consider that you're visiting a planet that you may or may not be familiar with.
A planet you may or may not enjoy visiting.
However... as someone who has family orbiting this cruel side of the human heart I can assure you that very little of how the characters interact are a fiction. For that, I admire the way the director and editor and screenwriter and actors were able to take away away from our own cosy existence and plunge us deadlong into this melodramatic horrific place.
Is it watchable? Not really. It's tragic and heart breaking.
Is it Worth Watching?
By all accounts, if you come from this kind of family, it helps you realize you're not the only one who lived like this once upon a time.
If you're married to someone who has problems speaking about their past, this film might open your eyes and heart to getting a glimpse of the ravaged human heart and the fodder it leaves behind.
I find it sad that we can invest our hearts into war films that tell us how futile war is, but when it comes to seeing real people at war with no end in sight, no victories worth celebrating, we tell audiences that it's a waste of time.
If war is a waste of time... then perhaps we should say so and act like it and stop watching the whole damned ordeals altogether.
I disagree with the movie review. It's not a C grade film.
It's an A grade film about F grade human souls. It's a horror story. A cautionary tale. A story about what happens when love fails us. A story that remind us how good we have it. A story to show us we deserve to be loved.
Sandra Fenster, PhDsaid on Friday, January 31, 2014 6:17:32 PMI agree with you that while August: Osage County is billed as a black comedy, as a psychoanalyst who writes on fictional characters I’d be hard pressed to call the situations depicted in the film comedy at all. Yes, Violet is as capable of humor as she is of cruelty, but the mean-spiritedness in her actions far outweighs anything funny. What we witness in this film is utter tragedy.
richard bergforssaid on Sunday, January 19, 2014 6:20:34 AMWe usually agree with your reviews but the grades for Osage County and American Hustle should be reversed. If Meryl Steep doesn't win the Oscar they should stop giving it out/
Danielle said on Sunday, January 12, 2014 12:08:35 PMHi Richard,
Just out of curiosity why do you believe Benedict Cumberbatch and Ewan McGregor were missed cast? Specific scenes or just the character in general?