It’s a Saturday afternoon, the weather is far from stellar and there are no football games on! So what is a girl to do? Leaving the house and driving 35-40 miles to see a movie was just not what I had in mind so I decided to find out what movies were available on TV. As I was channel surfing I found a movie called Peace, Love and Misunderstanding starring Jane Fonda. The date on the movie was 2011, yet I don’t ever remember hearing about this film (maybe it went straight to video)? Anyway, I really like Jane Fonda films so I thought I would give it a chance and I’m so glad that I did!
The location for the film is Woodstock (keep that in mind and you will find nothing surprises you as you watch the film) where Fonda’s character raised her only daughter (Diane,played by Catherine Keener) and continues to live. Fonda’s daughter is an extremely uptight, panties in a bunch Manhattan lawyer, mother of two children Jake (Nat Wolff) and daughter Zoe (Elizabeth Olsen). Due to some unresolved conflict Diane has never allowed her children to meet their grandma (Fonda’s character Grace), that is until Diane’s husband (a cold, distant jerk played by Kyle Maclachlan) asks her for a divorce and Diane decides to take a her children on a family vacation back to her hometown, Woodstock.
Enter the layed back, down to earth, hippy, free spirited Grace. She stages protests and hootenannies in the town square, smokes (and sells) a bit of dope, and howls at the moon once a month with her goddess-worshipping girlfriends. Diane hasn’t spoken to her mother in twenty years and harbors a great dislike for her mother’s lifestyle.
The quick weekend vacation at her mother’s “farm” (the “farm” consists of an organic garden, lots of chickens and possibly some pot plants), ends up being a summer adventure for Diane, Jake and Zoe. One that is filled with romance, music, family secrets and self discovery for everyone.
If you were brought up in the 60’s/70’s you will appreciate alot of the humor in the film. I did some research on the film and places like Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a bad rating, but I found it extremely enjoyable. It brought back some memories of the 70’s, made me realize that living back then things seemed less complicated, people were not so violent towards each other and our “wants” were not as big. Don’t listen to the critics, give this film a chance. I really think you may enjoy it. Besides what do you have to loose besides a little bit of time?