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Barbara Weston-Fordham (Julia Roberts) has a tense conversation with her husband, Bill (Ewan McGregor), and her mother, Violet, (Meryl Streep), in "August: Osage County." The movie is an adaptation of the award-winning play about a dysfunctional family forced to reconvene during a crisis.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Osage County’ a flawed, feverish family drama

If family issues were tangible, you could mix together decades of resentment, plentiful substance abuse, sprinkle it with adultery, add in a smidgen of incest, stick it in the blender and drink it. It certainly wouldn’t be palatable, but the lesson you’d learn would be akin to watching a movie like “August: Osage County.”

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