This film was light, humorous, and enjoyable, especially to anyone who lived through the Sixties knowing and meeting firsthand hippies, tokers, Janis Joplin fans, Miami and Chicago, Vietnam, hardhats, etc. Not to mention the music, the pill, the Nixonettes and Nixonaires, Michigan Avenue, the communes, the assassinations, "Tune in Turn on & Drop out," "The Pentagon Papers," the gurus, Timothy Leary, Carol Doda, etc. I mean anyone who really knew and loved the Sixties (which really ended I suppose in the very early Sevenites). As Noam Chomsky says, the Sixties brought demands for integrity to public life — whereas today the media and the moguls are intent on making you believe that crime and decadence were all the rage among the youth of that time and that all we wanted to do was have sex, get high, and do nothing.
This film shows Jane Fonda as a grandmother-hippie whose very uptight attorney daughter, whose husband is divorcing her, brings her two teenage children to visit granny who lives in or near the town of Woodstock, N.Y. The uptightness of the attorney-daughter stems from what she remembers as the terrible sins and neglectfulness of her mother. For twenty years, the daughter has refused to see her mother (at one point the grandmother says, "Don't you think 20 years is punishment enough?"). As a result, the grandmother has not known her grandchildren, nor have they known anyone like her. The teenagers grow like plants around the permissive grandmother.
The one implausibility I saw here was in the new-found affectional relationship the attorney-daughter discovered at Woodstock with a middle-aged man, a musician carpenter and furniture-maker, a friend of the grandmother. I thought it supremely implausible that a man like that would like an uptight fault-finding hard unforgiving woman, when there were so many obvious equally if not more deserving women close at hand to fall in love and to spend lots of time with. However, the implausibility of that didn't interfere with the enjoyment of all the rest of it.
The performance of Jane Fonda was outstanding. Where has she been? I always enjoyed her films... She never betrayed the American Dream as we have seen others do...