August Osage County

Fresh out of its showing at TIFF (read our own Kate Erbland’s review) comes the second trailer for John WellsAugust: Osage County, the story of a large and cranky family that comes together for the funeral of their patriarch. The high-profile project, based on Tracy Letts‘ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, is nothing to sneeze at; when most of your cast has already won an Oscar or been nominated, you know it’s probably smooth sailing until awards season.

While the first trailer focused more on Meryl Streep‘s vicious Violet Weston and her cutting remarks (here’s Scott Beggs’ writeup of the first trailer for comparison), the new incarnation seems to remove a teensy bit of Meryl’s bite to focus more on the larger family as a whole. And while Lord knows we all love ourselves a mean Meryl, by featuring more of the Westons, it gives a better look into their deep bitterness and dysfunctionality. Celebrities — they’re just like us!

Check out the trailer for yourself here:

Also just like us — they can’t seem to escape the Lumineers, whose song that’s not “Hey Ho” (It’s “Stubborn Love;” get it?) plays throughout the second half of the trailer.

August: Osage County is in theaters December 25th.


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