Oscars 2014! What We Learned From ‘August: Osage County’

If the holidays left you believing that your family is insane, sit down and prepare yourself for a whole new kind of crazy in August: Osage County.

When their father runs away, Barbara (Julia Roberts) and Karen Weston (Juliette Lewis) return to their childhood home in Oklahoma where their abrasive mother and aunt still reside. While the movie’s love lessons are rather obvious, sometimes those make for the best drama:

Love Lesson: Make sure your boyfriend isn’t related to you.
This should go without saying, but Ivy Weston knows she is dating her first cousin in the film. However, what she finds out after sleeping with him multiple times is that her cousin, Little Charles, is actually her half brother. Ick! Unfortunately for her, she finds out the day before she is supposed to move away with him. Let this be a lesson that you should check out your family history before you jump into bed with your first cousin. Naturally.

Love Lesson: Be wary of men with multiple ex-wives.
Clouded by love, Karen Weston is convinced that businessman Steve Heidebrecht is the “perfect man.” Been there before? After learning that Karen would be his fifth wife, the audience discovers that Steve is pretty much an awful human being. While sharing a joint with Barbara’s 14-year-old daughter, Jean, he attempts to molest her. Many times, there’s a reason for his collection of exes—find out why before you fall head over heels.