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Diane (Catherine Keener) is a straight laced NYC lawyer. Her husband (Kyle MacLachlan) has asked for a divorce. She takes her daughter Zoe (Elizabeth Olsen) and son Jake (Nat Wolff) to stay with her hippie mother Grace (Jane Fonda) in Woodstock. Diane has been estranged from her irresponsible mother ever since Grace sold weed to her wedding guests resulting in her getting Grace arrested. Grace introduces Diane to Jude (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who turns out to have a history with Grace. Zoe is a vegetarian who falls for butcher Cole (Chace Crawford). Jake is an introvert who dreams of being the next Werner Herzog. He falls for local girl Tara (Marissa O'Donnell).
I like the two kids especially Olsen, and I like her relationship with Crawford. The odd thing about Diane's relationship with her mother Grace is that I agree with Diane. In the end, Grace never changes in her irresponsible ways and Diane is berated into accepting Grace by Jude. The whole hippie culture portrayed here is one big stereotype after another. It's almost as old as Jane Fonda. None of that is appealing or funny. And that student film in the end is truly horrible. I wanted the kid to be actually good. I wanted the kid that is going to be the next Herzog.
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