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August: Osage County

In the aftermath of a family crisis, the Weston daughters (Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, Julianne Nicholson) gather to their Oklahoma home. But the tragedy only underscores the problems of their deeply divided lives and puts them at odds with their dysfunctional mother (Meryl Streep).

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Sexual Content: --
Language: --
Drugs/Alcohol: --
Release Date: 25 Dec 2013
Run Time: 121
MPAA Rating: R

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In-Depth Review

Release Date: 25 December 2013

Because we usually only review G, PG, and PG-13 movies at Parent Previews we did not review this title. For your convenience, we have provided some brief information about the film’s synopsis and content.

Synopsis: In the aftermath of a family crisis, the Weston daughters (Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, Julianne Nicholson) gather to their Oklahoma home. But the tragedy only underscores the problems of their deeply divided lives and puts them at odds with their dysfunctional mother (Meryl Streep).

Content Details: Beyond the Movie Ratings...

This additional information about the movie’s content is taken from the notes of various Canadian Film Classification boards:

Violence:

- Brief non-explicit violence.

- Depictions of fighting and beating.

- Some scenes may frighten children.

- References to suicide.

Sexual Content:

- Embracing and kissing.

- Sexual references and language.

Language:

Approximately 75 instances of coarse language including:

- Frequent use of the sexual expletive and variations, sometimes in a sexual context.

- Frequent use of scatological slang.

- Infrequent use of vulgar expressions, profanity, and cursing.

- Slurs.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

- Frequent tobacco use (smoking).

- Alcohol abuse.

- Frequent portrayals of prescription drug abuse in an addiction context, with some detail.

- Infrequent references to and portrayals of illegal drug use (some involving children).

- Scene of drug use involving marijuana.

Discussion Ideas: Talk About the Movie...

This movie is based on a Broadway play by Tracy Letts.

Video alternatives

A woman named August, from a family of strong-willed females, creates a better life in herself and others in The Secret Life of Bees. Other dysfunctional mothers cause their children grief in Anywhere But Here and Secondhand Lions. And a father tries to gather his divergent family after the death of his wife in Everybody’s Fine.

Home Video Notes

August: Osage County releases to home video (Blu-ray or DVD) on April 8, 2014.

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