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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Peace, Love & Misunderstanding (2012)

After her husband (Kyle MacLachlan) announces he wants a divorce, a woman (Catherine Keener) takes her two children (Elizabeth Olsen, Nat Wolff) to Woodstock to meet the hippie grandmother (Jane Fonda) they've never known and the mother she hasn't seen in twenty years. Directed by Bruce Beresford (DRIVING MISS DAISY), the film seems rather stale and deja vu. That might be because the plot is another variation of Fonda's 2007 film GEORGIA RULE in which Fonda played another grandmother whose prodigal daughter and granddaughter pay a visit in a film that dealt with three generations of women. The acting across the board is excellent (Olsen, in particular) which compensates for the stereotypical hippie earth mother vs. conservative Republican daughter plot. If aging hippies smoking pot "feel good" movies are your bag, you could do worse but the more discerning may want to give it a pass. The Woodstock locations are enticing as lensed by Andre Fleuren. With Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Rosanna Arquette, Katharine McPhee, Joyce Van Patten and Chace Crawford.

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