Nothing says family togetherness like the holidays, right? I know there are times we love them and sometimes we may not especially like them, but they are ours to keep for life. I bet some of you have days when you want to hug them tightly and days you would rather kick them square in the shin. The one thing we can count on is they are there to ride the roller coaster that is the ups and downs of being part of a family. My family is no different and my sisters and I have been known to have a heated disagreement or two. The one thing is we always hug and kiss and move on because that is what family does. Well, in the tradition of putting pen to paper, playwright Tracy Letts brought the story of August Osage County to the stage. The play went on to be not only a Tony award winning play but a Pulitzer Prize winner as well. The story of this dysfunctional yet tight knit family is now coming to the big screen under the direction of John Wells, who was known for the 2010 hit, “The Company Men”. He takes this dark comedy and adds a star studded cast, throws in a great cat fight between two of the biggest stars and adds some pretty shocking family secrets to come to light. This all adds up to one thing; a successful movie, August Osage County, which will hit theaters on Christmas Day.
The story is based around the 3 Weston sisters who are drawn back to their home in Oklahoma due to a family tragedy. The family patriarch, played by Sam Shepard, has disappeared and been found dead. The one sister who stayed behind to try and tame their out of control mother Violet, played by the wonderful Meryl Streep, is Ivy, played by Julianne Nicholson (“Boardwalk Empire”.) Karen, played by Juliette Lewis, is the flake of the sisters and took off for sunny Florida. She has her handsome yet questionable fiancee Steve (Dermot Mulroney) in tow, who probably has no idea what he is heading into. Julia Roberts plays Barbara, who is married to Bill (Ewan McGregor) and their union is not exactly paradise, nor is her relationship with her daughter Jean (Abigail Breslin.)
One of the scenes you know is coming is the movie is during the meal after the dinner when all the family are at the table. Of course secrets are revealed, stones are cast and dishes and fur begins to fly. The cat fight between Streep and Roberts is one audience members will be talking about for yeas to come. Granted the movie may not be the most intellectual or though provoking, but it does hit home with a lot of viewers. Who does have the perfect family where there is not tension, not everyone is perfectly happy or is completely “normal”. One of the sleepers in the cast but a favorite character actress for years is the incredible Margot Martindale who plays Streep’s nicer sister. Do not let that fool you because she has a bit of a temper and a few secrets of her own. What are some of your more crazy family memories during the holidays or an event like in the movie? Did someone throw a pie or maybe hurl an insult that was more comical than hurtful? Which character n the movie do you relate to the most and why? We would love to hear your comments on Facebook and Twitter using #AugustMoments. I can say I probably relate most to Ivy’s character as I am the one who is the caretaker in the family.