August: Osage County - Review

Despite a first-rate cast, an experienced director and the original playwright adapting his own Pulitzer Prize winning drama, the big screen version of Tracy Letts' "August: Osage County" is less of a reveille of down-home dysfunction and more of an overwrought melodrama centering around a woman so boorish you wouldn't want to spend two minutes, let alone two hours, with her.

Said boor is Violet (Streep), the matriarch of an Oklahoma family which mostly tries to stay as far away from her as possible. She's also the wife of Beverly (Shepherd), a celebrated poet and admitted alcoholic who disappears one summer's day, bringing the clans scattered daughters (and families in tow) back from the four corners of the States to take care of Violet and wait to hear the worst about Beverly.


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