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"August: Osage County," based on Tracy Letts's Pulitzer Prize-winning play and directed by "ER" co-creator John Wells, debuted to mixed reviews at the Toronto Film Festival. Depending on who you talk to, it was either an endlessly screechy bore or a profoundly moving drama (or maybe both -- and keep in mind that the ending of the movie is still up in the air).
The screening at TIFF was met with an "enthusiastic" standing ovation, though that could have just been thanks to the powerful material and unbelievable cast -- a lineup that includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin, and Sam Shepard.
Now a new trailer has debuted, to either feed your anticipation or drive you away completely.
In the movie, a family comes together after the patriarch's death, and there are a lot of hurt feelings and uncomfortable situations. Supposedly Streep really wields it as the drug-addicted widow, emotionally undressing virtually every character in withering fashion. The latest trailer is in keeping with the others, showing off the starry cast and more or less saying, "You will cry." (Also, underneath that, "Give us all the Oscars.")
If only they could have done something about that title, which is arguably the worst since "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain."
Take a look for yourself, and get ready to awkwardly go to "August: Osage County" with your own family when it opens on Christmas Day.