August: Osage County (2013) Poster

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MPAA Rated R for language including sexual references, and for drug material

Sex & Nudity

  • Moderate sexual references throughout. References to sex, extra-martial affairs, and a developing teenager.
  • It is insinuated that a female character dates a lot of men. She describes making out with a pillow.
  • A man tries to touch his teenage niece in a sexual manner. Nothing much is shown, the scene is interrupted. Another adult describes what she saw.

Violence & Gore

  • Discussion of native genocide in Oklahoma.
  • Discussion of neglected pets that died in the heat.
  • A woman knocks her elderly mother to the ground. Not overly violent and played for laughs.
  • A woman hits another man in the head twice with a shovel. He is not badly injured.
  • A woman asks the driver to pull over so she can vomit. It is not shown, however she is overheard gagging.
  • A woman slaps her teenage daughter after she makes a remark about her father's sex life.
  • Some dialogue about people dying and the occasional violent threat.


  • It is rare that a scene goes by without someone swearing. At times characters are in a rage, on drugs, and/or seek to be shocking in their language. General verbal/mental abuse and family dysfunction.
  • 27 uses of "fuck" and "shit" and one use of "cunt." Other mild profanities are used throughout as well. Including religious profanities and exclamations.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • An elderly woman has an addiction to prescription medicine. We see her taking pills in numerous scenes as well as smoking in other scenes.
  • A teenager smokes cigarettes in one scene. It is said that she smokes weed, and a man imitates the actions. He then proceeds to state he has real, strong weed. In a later scene, we see the two smoking it and breathing into each others' mouths then trying to hold it in.
  • Alcohol is present in a lot of the dinner scenes as well numerous other scenes.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Some scenes may be intense, especially the scenes involving themes about incest, death, and drug addictions. Nearly all scenes have a comedic tone to them.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Sex & Nudity

  • A character is in a relationship with her cousin. It is later announced that the two are actually siblings. There is a lot of dialogue about first-cousin and other incest among consenting adults.

Violence & Gore

  • We see a few glimpses of a dead man who has committed suicide by drowning.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Apparent indifference or disregard for the life of a loved one. It is revealed that a woman was aware that her husband was going to die, yet she chose to take no action to stop it.

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