Soon after Beverly Weston (Sam Shepard) hires a young Native American woman to look after his wife, Violet (Meryl Streep), who has mouth cancer, he goes missing. His daughters (Julia Roberts, Julianne Nicholson, Juliette Lewis and their families come home to provide support their mother, a woman who is non-stop nasty, possibly due to her addiction to prescription drugs.
After the funeral, during dinner with her extended family, she can't stop criticizing everyone at the table and finally, she pushes too far, prompting her eldest daughter Barbara to take action. Over the course of the next few days, dark family secrets come to light and shocking revelations are made.
This dark comedy is based on the Pulitzer Prize award-winning play by Tracy Letts.
Undoubtedly the funniest before-meal grace ever filmed, Meryl was riviting, the entire cast was outstanding, extraordinary depth of psychological and philosophical intrigue. And, yes, there are families that are that "messed up".
Riveting performances all across the board. If you're tired of shallow action or comedy films that skim the surface then be prepared to be engaged in this emotional and bittersweet portrayal of one messed up family.