The story is set the midwest of America , in an isolated region in the state of Oklahoma.... And it's also set in the sweltering heat of august , when the plains are baked by the sun and people are drenched in sweat.... The old patriarch of a family has disappeared and his daughters have to come together to his house where they have to confront this crisis.... As they gather in the house , their interaction brings out the life stories of these women.... And boy....they are strong women who have taken their own decisions in life..... Each woman has a different character , and as the different characters mingle there is bound to be friction.... And as they mingle and friction starts , their life stories tumble out in front of the audience.... As expected , the stories are out of the ordinary---who would want to watch a film with ordinary stories anyway ?? Their mother's ( acted by Meryl Streep ) secrets come out too---including her drug addiction.... So does her loneliness , her rancor about having being abandoned by 2 of her daughters ( except one ) who have gone elsewhere to build their lives while she and her husband were left to fend for themselves.... But what what about their father ?? What happened to him ?? The movie has some answers to this.... Both Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts ( playing the eldest daughter ) have put good performances of women who are hardly afraid to speak out their mind.... The men in the movie are somewhat overshadowed by the women , but have their own personalities too.... As past skeletons from the closet tumble out , the crisis they have come to confront gives way to another crisis.... To be honest crises and confrontations are what we come to watch in the theaters anyway..... Two other persons are there to add fuel to the fire---a native american ( real Indians are those like myself who live in Asia , remember ??!! ) housekeeper and an aunt with an unpleasant past , both of who are tough ladies too.... So how do the sisters deal with the situation ?? Go and watch the movie for that.... Of course , the movie is more about talk ( and that talk is but naturally done in a very loud voice at times ) than action and also a little bit of emotion.... Verdict---Okay .