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Peace, Love & Misunderstanding (2011)

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An uptight New York City lawyer takes her two teenagers to her hippie mother's farmhouse upstate for a family vacation.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle MacLachlan ... Mark Hudson
Catherine Keener ... Diane Hudson
Joseph Dunn Joseph Dunn ... Richard
Ann Osmond ... Cindy
Teri Gibson Teri Gibson ... Elaine
Robert Bowen Jr. Robert Bowen Jr. ... Robert
Wayne Pyle ... Party Guest Man
Alison Ball ... Party Guest Woman
Nat Wolff ... Jake Hudson
Elizabeth Olsen ... Zoe Hudson
Jane Fonda ... Grace
Joyce Van Patten ... Mariam
Laurent Rejto ... Thumbs-Up Cyclist
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Jude
Edward Morgan Edward Morgan ... Finger Driver
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 2012 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Peace, Love and Misunderstanding See more »

Filming Locations:

Kerhonkson, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$105,960, 10 June 2012

Gross USA:

$590,700

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,105,020
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Company Credits

Production Co:

BCDF Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Even though it was released after two other films, in which she appeared, this is Elizabeth Olsen's first feature film acting job. See more »

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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 »

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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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'Life is a journey. Family is a trip.'
20 June 2012 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

It is not often that a film appears that looks like it may just be background noise for a lazy evening and turns our to be a jewel of a movie. But that is what happens when discovering PEACE, LOVE AND MISUNDERSTANDING. Written by first timers Christina Mengert and Joseph Muszynski who also are the film's producers, and directed with splendid sensitivity for character and detail by Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Breaker Morant, Tender Mercies, Bride of the Wind, Mao's Last Dance, etc), this is a story that so easily could have dropped of the edge of the cliff as a flop but instead becomes a transporting study of family, of coming of age, of second chances, and of fining self in this often absurd world in which we live. The cast, down to the most minuscule bit player, is outstanding: this film is likely to be a career boost for all involved.

Uptight obsessive compulsive lawyer Diane (Catherine Keener) lives in New York and at film's opening is told by her husband Mark that he wants a divorce. Diane decides to escape the disorganized trauma of that announcement by taking her two teenagers - geeky video camera addict and virginal Jake (Nat Wolff) and vegan daughter Zoe (Elizabeth Olsen) - to visit Diane's hippy mother Grace (Jane Fonda, in a brilliant performance) whom she hasn't seen for 20 years (Grace sold Marijuana to Diane's friends at Diane's wedding and has never been forgiven): Grace lives in Woodstock, a town that has retained its hippie flavor since the 1960s. Thinking they will only stay for a couple of days the visiting fractured family ends up staying on while Diane slowly appreciates the strange and wacky but intensely felt life her mother has embraced. Diane meets Jude (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who slowly breaks down Diane's carefully controlled existence, Zoe is attracted to the local butcher Cole (Chace Crawford, definitely a talent to watch) and despite her loathing of slaughtering animals for food she gradually discovers similarities in the tow of them, and Jake falls for Tara (Marissa O'Donnell) - his first physical experience. Stir all those ingredients, add some hilarious evening of women howling at the full moon, some surprises in character development, and town full of retro-flowerchild status and the film just soars.

One of the many reasons this film works so well is the outstanding performance by the always beautiful and gifted Jane Fonda, but Keener, Morgan, Olsen, Crawford and Wolff are also in top form. For an American comedy that leaves the viewer feeling on top of the world, this movie has it all.

Grady Harp


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