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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Meryl Streep
Julia Roberts
Dermot Mulroney
Abigail Breslin
Chris Cooper
Ewan McGregor
Sam Shepard
Benedict Cumberbatch
Juliette Lewis
Julianne Nicholson
Directors
John Wells
Screenwriters
Tracy Letts
Running Time
130 minutes

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Plot
The disappearance of poet Beverly Weston (Shepard) sees the Weston siblings (Roberts, Lewis, Nicholson) return home to support their mother (Streep). Cue squabbles, revelations and recriminations.


Verdict
It takes a while to get going and never outstrips its theatrical origins but gets by on great actors working through meaty scenes. See it for Streep vs. Roberts alone.


Reviewed by Ian Freer

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