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Plot: An uptight NYC lawyer takes her two teenagers to her hippie mother's farmhouse upstate for a family vacation.
Runtime: 96 mins Release Date: 16 Aug 2012
'Life is a journey. Family is a trip.' (by gradyharp)
It is not often that a film appears that looks like it may just be background noise for a lazy evening and turns our to be a jewel of a movie. But that is what happens when discovering PEACE, LOVE AND MISUNDERSTANDING. Written by first timers Christina Mengert and Joseph Muszynski who also are the film's producers, and directed with splendid sensitivity for character and detail by Bruce Beresford Driving Miss Daisy, Breaker Morant, Tender Mercies, Bride of the Wind, Mao's Last Dance, etc , this is a story that so easily could have dropped of the edge of the cliff as a flop but <more>
instead becomes a transporting study of family, of coming of age, of second chances, and of fining self in this often absurd world in which we live. The cast, down to the most minuscule bit player, is outstanding: this film is likely to be a career boost for all involved.Uptight obsessive compulsive lawyer Diane Catherine Keener lives in New York and at film's opening is told by her husband Mark that he wants a divorce. Diane decides to escape the disorganized trauma of that announcement by taking her two teenagers - geeky video camera addict and virginal Jake Nat Wolff and vegan daughter Zoe Elizabeth Olsen - to visit Diane's hippy mother Grace Jane Fonda, in a brilliant performance whom she hasn't seen for 20 years Grace sold Marijuana to Diane's friends at Diane's wedding and has never been forgiven : Grace lives in Woodstock, a town that has retained its hippie flavor since the 1960s. Thinking they will only stay for a couple of days the visiting fractured family ends up staying on while Diane slowly appreciates the strange and wacky but intensely felt life her mother has embraced. Diane meets Jude Jeffrey Dean Morgan who slowly breaks down Diane's carefully controlled existence, Zoe is attracted to the local butcher Cole Chace Crawford, definitely a talent to watch and despite her loathing of slaughtering animals for food she gradually discovers similarities in the tow of them, and Jake falls for Tara Marissa O'Donnell - his first physical experience. Stir all those ingredients, add some hilarious evening of women howling at the full moon, some surprises in character development, and town full of retro-flowerchild status and the film just soars.One of the many reasons this film works so well is the outstanding performance by the always beautiful and gifted Jane Fonda, but Keener, Morgan, Olsen, Crawford and Wolff are also in top form. For an American comedy that leaves the viewer feeling on top of the world, this movie has it all. Grady Harp
Yes, comedy! It's a refreshing look at the culture of the 60's and the cynicism of those who look back and try to make sense of all the facets of American society that were called into question during the period. The facets still exist! Out of it comes a funny portrayal of what the confusion/clarity looked like looks like as people worked it out, tried to love one another, and made mistakes, as only humans can...with great intentions all firing at once. Congratulations to the director, the cast, the writers, for this delightful romp. I laughed, learned humility, and relished the <more>
human comedy that we are, now, as we try to still once again Love over generational lines - adult to child, etc. God Bless you for the effort - I hope those who can relax, let go, without a toke, or with, can enjoy your message for what it is - human - very funny, sometimes just plain dumb. Please do not over intellectualize it, just enjoy the darn thing! This movie actually had a kind of "Doris Day" feel to it. Delightful and simple on the surface, but underneath, lots of some good messages about healing one another. I've read what some critics have said, and I wanna say, go to church, get over yourself, calm down, just enjoy the silliness of life, be reverent - be still. Kids do it and so should we, then we will hear each other!!!!
I have watched it twice in the last 24 hours with sister. We both loved it and feel it is the next Steel Magnolias. Hubby even tolerated it and we heard him chuckle a few times. I should have been at Woodstock instead of Joplin MO and born way too late! Jane Fonda's role was the mother i wished I had. A pot-dealing hippie type that was so believable. Her uptight daughter, NYC attorney played by Catherine Keener was great as well. The children's roles were sweet and had just enough sibling rivalry that it was real if not a bit too sweet. The guys in the film were all hot and made you <more>
want to take them home for yourself, even though both are too young for me! giggle giggle!
This movie is splendid! I had forgotten that Jane Fonda is an excellent actress. The scenery, with the landscape and vintage "props", is a wonderful reminder of the years that birthed care for the earth, inclusivity, and questioning the status quo. The story profiles the inevitable misunderstandings between generations, and the life lessons we can teach one another. Perhaps this is a movie enjoyed more by women, but many young men participated in the hippie culture, and many of today's women and men were conceived in fields of wildflowers. Although the film profiles a narrow <more>
10-to-15-year span in our history, it provides an intimate glimpse into that era, to be enjoyed by multiple generations. I hope to see it again soon, because there was simply too much to "take in" in one viewing.
Kudos to Bruce Beresford for making a really great film with heart and soul. All the cast are amazing - especially Jane Fonda as the grandmother, she really pops in this one. Chase Crawford is hot and homegrown, as is the Javier Bardem - look a like - Jeffrey Dean Morgan. We'd like to see more of him. Catherine Keener is believable as the uptight attorney. I felt a little cheated that Patricia Arquette was not in more scenes, one can only surmise she hit the cutting room floor. Loved seeing the Woodstock locals and the location used as characters. I was in the story for the complete ride. <more>
Timeless story. A must see. Why is it only in one theater here in New York?
Another Look at the Hippie Daze (by dbrown1793-325-135050)
The hippies might be the only generation in history that embarrassed both their parents AND their children. It is the latter relationship that comes into play in "Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding", a predictable but enjoyable romp that might liberate everyone's Inner Freak. After 20 years of separation, Diane Catherine Keener , a cold, strait-laced New York City lawyer who is abruptly divorced by her husband, reunites with her mother Grace Jane Fonda the ultimate, Woodstock, '60's, pot-smoking, tie-dye wearing free spirit. Diane also brings along her two teenage <more>
children, Zoë an impressive Elisabeth Olson and Jake who both think Granny is pretty cool. The relationships they all build forms the plot line framed by the nostalgia for Woodstock Nation. Like the earlier "Wanderlust", this film posits that as annoying, reckless and self-absorbed as they were, the hippies might have been on to something. They wanted to create a colorful, free, happy world and as Elvis Costello once questioned, what's so funny about peace, love and understanding?
This is a charming movie and could have been much better. Jane Fonda, of course, made it fabulous, both from an acting standpoint and just her very presence. She is amazing. Jeffery Dean Morgan stole every scene he was in, a really intelligent, kind actor. Catherine Keener is so perfectly cast, understated and vulnerable. Their relationship should have gotten more screen time and have been much more developed. Marissa O'Donnell and Nat Wolff are both adorable here and their relationship together is very believable. I did not like the role of Elizabeth Olsen. She is an interesting actress, <more>
but her dialogue and life experience seemed too mature for her and her relationship with the butcher felt beyond them. Their scenes together did not work and I found myself fast-forwarding through them the second time I watched it.