WOW. Simply incredible.
I've seen many movies that deal with dysfunctional people but never something quite like this. Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep are simply nuts. Their performances blew it out of the park.
Speaking only for myself, the relationship between Violet and Barbara is exactly the way my mother and I were once. I found myself relating to Violet's daughters, little Charles, and even with his father. I found everyone else to be despicable. It just goes to prove to me that not everyone can be or should be a parent.
Overall, the film it was hard to watch. It hit close to home in fact. Violet drove her family away. Even though the film ended with Barbara driving off into the sunset assuming back to Colorado, you know that Violet dies with only the caregiver and possibly Mattie Fae by her side. Her children were not present.
The same mistakes the mother did to her children for me it was as if I were an outsider looking at my own parents and their failures.
I HIGHLY recommend this film to anyone.