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The Pure Movies review of Taking Woodstock (directed by Ang Lee and starring Henry Goodman, Edward Hibbert, Imelda Staunton, Demetri Martin and Emile Hirsch. It is 1969. And that’s important. Man is landing on the moon but in upstate New York the El Monico, an ‘International Casino and Bar Mitzvah Center’—in reality a crumbling toilet—is in danger. Its snapping turtle of a proprietor, Sonia, stomps, fumes, insults, and doesn’t change the bedding unless there’s visible marks. To the half-hearted rescue comes her son, Elliot, a struggling interior designer from Greenwich Village. Elliot is a little man with little plans. In the death grip of his mother, he spends all of his own money and time saving his parents’ business, at the expense of his own life, identity, and happiness. »

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