**August Osage County** is your typical Hollywood contender for an academy award; it features serious award winner actors like Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts & Chris Cooper, the story is based on a Pulitzer Award winning play and it has the Weinstein Brothers marketing machine behind it. The film is finely directed by John Wells with emphasis upon symbolic cinematography, contrasting the beautiful landscapes of Oklahoma with the spider's lair of the Weston Family.
We are introduced to Pa Weston (Sam Shepard), who has hired a caregiver. Pa disappears and Ma (Meryl Streep) summons her family. With children portrayed by Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis and Julianne Nicholson, one can expect shouting matches around the subjects of drug abuse, suicide and incest. In between this dysfunctional family feud, **August Osage County** features moments of comedy and laughter.
The problem with this film is that it does not feel like a slice of life. For all of it's technical beauty, **August Osage County** is an ugly film to watch. Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts reveal their inner barnacles and give excellent, but disturbing performances.