Tuesday, June 19, 2012
PEACE, LOVE, and MISUNDERSTANDING
True to the Critics comments, this was not a great film. It could have been worse, but it should have been better. Anyway, it was worth seeing just to watch the inimitable, excellent, Jane Fonda as the still "hippie" Grandmother whose daughter, played by Catherine Keener (also very good) and her teen age children (Elizabeth Olson and Nat Wolff - perfectly cast) come to visit for the first time in 20 years. It seemed, unfortunately more of a cliche of the Woodstock era, played "over the top," than it needed to be. The plot included several romances (various age levels), and interactions among generations which seemed pretty accurate. (The actors all seemed very good.) Shall we blame Bruce Beresford the Director, that the film still just didn't make it? Sigh.