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Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding (2011)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  16 August 2012 (Israel)
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An uptight NYC lawyer takes her two teenagers to her hippie mother's farmhouse upstate for a family vacation.


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An uptight NYC lawyer takes her two teenagers to her hippie mother's farmhouse upstate for a family vacation. What was meant to be a weekend getaway quickly turns into a summer adventure of romance, music, family secrets and self-discovery. Written by BCDF Pictures

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Life is a journey. Family is a trip.


Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated R for drug content and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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16 August 2012 (Israel)  »

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Peace, Love and Misunderstanding  »

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$105,960 (USA) (8 June 2012)


$539,896 (USA) (6 July 2012)

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Even though it was released after two other films she is in, this is Elizabeth Olsen's first feature film acting job. See more »


During the full moon dance/party there is a long shot of the full moon through the trees followed 10 seconds later by an extreme close up of the moon that is clearly not full. See more »


[first lines]
Diane: Did you know I had to get three more bottles of wine today on account of Richard's new wife's aversion to California chardonnay?
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References Grizzly Man (2005) See more »


Written by Andy Cabic
Published by Vetiverte
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Jane Fonda Rehippified
14 September 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Six things about Peace, Love & Misunderstanding:

1. Yes, Jeffrey Dean Morgan really does look like Javier Bardem. So much so that I turned to my wife at one point and said: "I didn't realize that Bardem could speak English so flawlessly; too bad the strain of keeping that American accent has stunted his acting ability".

2. Great to see Rosanna Arquette, albeit in a bit part.

3. Woodstock looks like a really beautiful place.

4. The kids in this movie really can act, especially Elizabeth Olsen. Best Supporting Actress nominee: you heard it here first.

5. I grew up in the late 60's and early 70's and, despite some quibbles about the way in which the leftover hippies in this movie are portrayed, I was impressed by the ability of the young writers to steer away from some of the more obvious stereotypes (not completely, mind you - I don't think there is really a Kesey-esque psychedelic school bus anymore outside the props departments of the Hollywood studios). Perhaps they got the tone right because of the input from one of the era's cultural icons.

6. Thereby bringing us to Jane Fonda who, unfortunately, was ill and couldn't attend the world premiere last night in Toronto. She is just great in this film, in a role that could easily have fallen into parody (even self-parody). Sure, an ex-hippie in her 70's probably wouldn't be as heavily made up, but this is a Hollywood movie and she is a movie star. She is at once charming, spacey, provocative and slightly raunchy.

All in all, a really nicely written and lovingly directed and acted film. I hope it does well.

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