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Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding (2012)



Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 66
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 47

Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding produces many unintentional laughs with its absurdly contrived plot and cheery insistence that everything is just super.


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 19

Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding produces many unintentional laughs with its absurdly contrived plot and cheery insistence that everything is just super.



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Directed by two‐time Academy Award nominee Bruce Beresford, Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding stars Academy Award winning Jane Fonda, two‐time Academy Award nominated Catherine Keener, international heartthrob Chace Crawford, and Sundance's "breakout star" Elizabeth Olsen. A comedy about an uptight New York City lawyer who takes her two spirited teenagers to her hippie mother's farmhouse in the countryside for a family vacation. What was meant to be a weekend getaway quickly turns into


Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy

Christina Mengert , Joseph Muszynski

Oct 1, 2012


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All Critics (66) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (47)

Beresford directs without purpose or polish, and his mostly fine cast, which includes Kyle MacLachlan and Rosanna Arquette in bit parts, is wasted.

June 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Pop songs, beautiful bucolic scenery and the joy of watching Jane Fonda fizz in a fun role that looks like a no-brainer are elements that a skilled director like Australia's polished Bruce Beresford blends with perfection.

June 14, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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There's a great movie to be made about the survivors of Woodstock Nation and their children. But in order to make that movie, you first have to respect the ideals of that generation enough to at least give them their due.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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There is no casting decision or character nuance or plot turn too obvious to indulge.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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What's so funny about "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding"? Not enough.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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If nothing else, you must applaud Peace, Love & Misunderstanding for its cheery insistence that a lifetime of resentment can float away as easily as a helium-filled balloon.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Somewhere Alison Bechdel is screaming.

August 25, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

Three talented actresses, including Jane Fonda, are wasted in this disappointing serio-comedy.

August 4, 2012

About as surprising in its plot as a trip to McDonald's, but that doesn't keep it from being pretty satisfying on the cinematic comfort-food level.

July 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The once divisive 'Hanoi Jane' is now a harmless hippie dispensing homegrown marijuana and homilies about love and 'transformation' in this cornball, clichéd and predictable yet agreeable and entertaining movie.

June 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

For a movie that professes to teach us to get past our insecurities and think more freely, it does so with astonishingly conventional storytelling tropes.

June 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Hippies are now charming old eccentrics who exist mainly to teach the rest of us to stop and smell (or smoke) the roses.

June 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Jane Fonda's hippy offers nothing but a chance for Catherine Keener's uptight New Yorker to bicker with. What a flat film.

June 13, 2012 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

Drug use and cliches mar unoriginal indie dramedy.

June 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

f Woodstock represented three days of love and peace, "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding" mostly takes up 96 minutes of your time, most who see will wish they could get back.

June 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

It's a bad sign when Jane Fonda has to work to pass for an old hippie.

June 9, 2012 Full Review Source: KC Active
KC Active

Fonda, Keener and Olsen compose a dream team of multigenerational talent, but they, and this film, are underserved by characters in need of development and an idea in need of a story.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Good-natured, eager to please and harmless, but also contrived, trite and bland.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Not every movie is, or has to be, an Event. Sometimes all I ask of a film is that it offer a pleasant diversion for an hour and a half. That's exactly what I got from 'Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding'.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks
Leonard Maltin's Picks

The upbeat multi-generational slice-of-life narrative bears the appropriate tagline-"Life is a journey. Family is a trip." It is worth the price of admission to see the gifted Fonda grace the screen playing this free-wheeling, eccentric force of nature.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

...plays like "Wanderlust 2: Family Reunion" without as many (intentional) laughs.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

More akin to a Jane Fonda vanity project than a narrative, it's so bland that even such schmaltzy femme-oriented cable networks as Lifetime TV might dismiss it for a decided lack of bite.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Doddle

Audience Reviews for Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding

I liked this movie. It wasn't anything too deep, or earth shattering...just a nice, enjoyable, sweet movie. Jane Fonda looked wonderful, and she really added a special, delightful touch to this..
May 6, 2013

Super Reviewer

Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding was a quirky eccentric film. Jane Fonda as Grace was the perfect role for her. She played it with such ease that it was obvious that part of herself was reflected in the character. The essence of Jane Fonda's past definitely comes into play with this character. Catherine Keener does a great job at playing the proper defensive attorney daughter of the free loving hippy Grace. When Mark tells Diane he wants a divorce she packs up the two kids to visit her mother who she hasn't seen in 20 years. The kids and grandmother have never met and are quite taken with each other. Zoe is upset about the divorce and confused by her mothers behavior. She is judgmental and can't see past her on views. She is like her mother in that aspect. Jake is more nonchalant about the divorce and really doesn't seem affected by it until you see the screening of his short film. Which by the way, was really good. It was probably my favorite part of the film. The film is basically about letting go and acceptance. I really enjoyed the film and I look forward to seeing it again.
April 20, 2013

Super Reviewer

Nice bland movie...good to see on a snowy wintry night. Jane Fonda, the grandmother, looked younger than Catherine Keener, her daughter, but that's Hollywood suspension of disbelief I guess. One thought kept going through my head: if daughter hadn't seen mother in 20 years (20 years!) I think there should have been a lot more splainin and conflict there. And another nit-pick: do such old hippies really exist? I know it was Woodstock, but....really?
March 4, 2013
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Much better than I expected. Nice little movie with a good cast. Nothing groundbreaking, but kept me interested.
February 15, 2013

Super Reviewer

    1. Grace: See sometimes, sometimes in art like in life you have to accept the fact that your things aren't, aren't going right and you don't quite know where you are going and you have to, have to accept that because that's when transformation can happen.
    – Submitted by Hriya M (14 months ago)
    1. Jude: The men are doing all the heavy lifting. Seems a little sexist to me. How about you, Zoe?
    2. Zoe: It's not about equal division of labor. It's about an equitable and efficient allocation of resources.
    – Submitted by Facebook U (22 months ago)
    1. Diane: Your father and I are getting a divorce.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Grace: It's difficult for kids to accept that their parents are human.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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