A milquetoast movie but Fonda brings the love

Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

on June 07, 2012 by Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
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plmureview.pngA yuppie mother runs to her long-lost hippy momma when her marriage implodes in a New York minute. Catherine Keener takes her kidscoed Elizabeth Olson and future filmmaker Nat Wolfffrom their high-end Manhattan apartment to the forests of Woodstock, where things haven't changed since Hendrix played and mom (Jane Fonda) still deals grass and sculpts mud. Keener is a giant rejection of her semi-reliable spirit mother, and flashes resentment when her kids take to Fonda's flighty ways; they've been estranged to preserve stability, and that only amplifies the keen anthropology of Woodstock which is loaded with full moon dances and the passings around of iffy "teas." It may be the only place on earth that the love of medicated strangers seems so totally convincing, and when Keener's vegetarian daughter falls for the town's philosophical butcher (hottie Chase Crawford) she's at a crossroads she can't begin to reveal to her overcommitted, over-conflicted mom. Son Wolff discovers art with the assistance of grandma, who loves to talk of "energy" and acts as if she's waited 65 years to be the right-headed matriarch she is todaynow that she's graduated the purgatory of her daughter's estrangement. A lover (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) both divides the mothers and unites them (a turn that's intermittently grody and stupid) but for audiences who remember the left wing allure that Jane Fonda brings no matter where she goes, it's a great (if middle-of-the-road) family comedy to seek out.

Distributor: IFC Films
Cast: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chace Crawford, Elizabeth Olsen, Jane Fonda, Rosanna Arquette, Catherine Keener, Kyle MacLachlan, Nat Wolff
Director: Bruce Beresford
Screenwriters: Christina Mengert, Joseph Muszynski
Producers: Claude Dal Farra, Jonathan Burkhart, Brice Dal Farra, Lauren Munsch
Genre: Dramedy
Rating: R for drug content and some sexual references.
Running time: 92 min.
Release date: June 8 ltd.

 

Tags: Lauren Munsch, Brice Dal Farra, Jonathan Burkhart, Claude Dal Farra, Joseph Muszynski, Christina Mengert, Bruce Beresford, Nat Wolff, Kyle MacLachlan, Catherine Keener, Rosanna Arquette, Jane Fonda, Elizabeth Olsen, Chace Crawford, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
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