I’m obsessed with Julia Roberts. I’ve loved her pretty much my whole life. I saw ‘Runaway Bride’ like 11 times in the theater. I remember watching her accept her Oscar 13 years ago (when I was 12) for ‘Erin Brockovich’. This is a big deal because I barely remember anything from my childhood. But I remember Julia.
Since she’s cut back on her movies lately, when I saw that she was in a film with all of these other awesome people (including Dermot Mulroney, a ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ reunion), I got super excited. And all I’ll say is that it totally lived up to my expectations. Trailer below:
I want you to know that this is possibly the most stressful movie I’ve watched since ‘Gravity’. When the film was over, I breathed a sigh of relief simply because of the emotional exhaustion of it all.
The film centers around a family that gathers together when the patriarch (Sam Shepherd) goes missing. The main members of this crazy crew are Violet (Meryl Streep) and her three daughters Barbara (Julia Roberts), Ivy (Julianne Nicholson) and Karen (Juliette Lewis). Barbara is apparently the “favorite” daughter but left Oklahoma to move to Colorado with her husband (Ewan McGregor) and daughter (Abigail Breslin). Ivy stuck around to take care of their parents and kind of resents it. Meanwhile, Karen has been living in Miami and is engaged to a lovely lad (Dermot Mulroney). Plus, Violet’s sister (Margo Martindale), her husband (Chris Cooper) and their son, Charles (Benedict Cumberbatch).
What ensues once they all arrive is a combination of histarical and horrifying. Violet has mouth cancer and is addicted to pain meds. Karen is delusional. Ivy is perhaps the most “normal” but is in love with her first cousin. Barbara is having lots of marital problems and the fact that she is becoming more and more like her mother doesn’t help.
The film is adapted from the play, which I can’t imagine the stress of watching. There is a scene that goes on for 30 minutes, with all of the characters sitting around a dinner table fighting, ending in a physical fight between Julia and Meryl. Slowly each family member leaves in some sort of angry state, until only Violet, Barbara and Ivy remain and proceed to have one of the best scenes of the film:
Hahaha. I love it. If you’ve ever wanted to feel better about your own family, this is the film for you!
Big props to Julia and Meryl for their Oscar nominations for the film. The Academy Awards air on March 2 on ABC.