Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding


Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding

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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 a summer adventure of romance, music, family secrets, and self‐discovery. -- (C) IFC


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

    Jun 15, 2012 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

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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.

    Jun 14, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

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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.

    Jun 8, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • There is no casting decision or character nuance or plot turn too obvious to indulge.

    Jun 8, 2012 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • What's so funny about "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding"? Not enough.

    Jun 8, 2012 | Rating: 2/4
  • 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.

    Jun 8, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding

  • Dec 26, 2013
    "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding" starts with Mark(Kyle MacLachlan) asking Diane(Catherine Keener), a lawyer, for a divorce. In reponse, she takes their children, Zoe(Elizabeth Olsen) and Jake(Nat Wolff) to the home of her mother Grace(Jane Fonda) in Woodstock which would be considered only natural if they had spoken any time in the past twenty years. Still, Grace welcomes everybody with welcome arms before preparing for the latest in a long line of antiwar protests. And that's pretty much it for the underwhelming "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding," as differences in opinion, most importantly what to have for lunch, are attempted to be settled. Also, each character almost instantenously gets a love interest upon arrival but at least in this case they are mostly male, along with the nude model. Otherwise, the cliches pile up at a fast and furious pace, proving that the only thing I hate worse than stereotypes are false ones, as most of upstate New York is with the exception of some pockets of resistance in reality quite conservative, with Woodstock Nation being figurative rather than literal. All of which even some of the most talented actresses of three generations can do little with.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2013
    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?
    Bathsheba M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 15, 2013
    Much better than I expected. Nice little movie with a good cast. Nothing groundbreaking, but kept me interested.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 20, 2012
    Jane is a lot of fun but this is a meandering unfocused mess.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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