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August: Osage County

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Affecting but exhausting dysfunctional-family drama.

Movie R 2013 119 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 17+
I did not like the movie at all even with an all-star cast. There is a lot of drug use from pill popping, alcohol drinking, even marijuana smoking. A lot of bad language is used in the film. If you enjoy movies about dysfunctional families, this is your film.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 12+



This title has:

Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (5):

For the cast alone, August: Osage County deserves all the praise in the world. No one holds back here -- not Streep, nor the amazing Martindale and Cooper, and especially not Roberts, who's absolutely fantastic, spitting nails with her bitterness and fury. And it's just as well, because all the roles call for leaving nothing at the table.

Still, there's little relief. That makes for a powerful movie that leaves you aghast, mouth hanging open at the ferocity with which families can hurt. But it also leaves you so fatigued and spent, it's hard to understand why one should continue to bear witness to it all any longer. But here's why: The script, a truncated version of the play, is loaded with a big surprise that drives home the horror of family, of buried history, of secrets.

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