A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
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** 1/2. Good actors for a kind of Tennesse Williams lost in Oklahoma family drama. You have the booze, you have the pills, you don't have the gay but you have the incestuous love. Unfortunately, you don't have an auteur behind the camera here but a good technician. Almost already forgotten.
Over a third of the play has been cut, and the roles heavily miscast with the Inevitable Streep doing her predictable Column B Scenery Chewing Performance -- trust me, Julia Roberts is the least of the film's problems.
I said something similar about Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips) a couple of days ago, but I think Julia Roberts is great in this, reminding viewers that she is capable of a real performance instead of the different caricatures of herself we've grown accustomed to seeing over the last few years.
A biting ensemble comedy about a family coming together for its the funeral of its patriarch, where old grudges, secrets, and tensions come joltingly to the fore. A showcase of tremendous performances, esp. Streep, Roberts, Martindale, and Cooper. Sharp writing (from the Pulitizer Prize winning play) may lose some translation to the screen, but it's a blast watching these actors working at the top of their game.
Beautifully shot and well acted throughout, it was a little too close to a stage play for me with an emphasis on yelling over subtlety and overselling the point. However, the subject matter is a painful reminder of the complexity of familial relationships and the ease at which we revert back into our childhood roles. There are some brilliant moments of gut wrenching humour and genuine emotional power. 3.5 stars
Outstanding dramedy about an utterly dysfunctional family, this is one really good movie. Despite de large cast every actor gets a fair time on screen, but Streep and Roberts are the main attractions in this family circus. It strikes a very nice balance between moments of dramatic tension and comic relief, without ever losing ground.
On par with Jayne Mansfield's Car as the most tedious and self-important 2-hours ensemble cast talkathon. They should be twins though it's a ladies version. We even get wow-look-old-lady-takes-drugs scene.