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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...
I thought this film is alright but I do not recommend seeing it in the theaters because i do not think it is worth the price of the movie ticket. I am always interested in films about hippie generation because my parents were flower children but i am never fully satisfied by those films and this one was no exception. I think this film will appeal to a wide audience but i wish it was bit more special and personal. The cast is great and it was a real pleasure to watch them do their thing but I felt that the characters were underdeveloped. Overall, this film is not really worth seeing in the theaters but you might enjoy it at home.
I did not like this film and do not recommend seeing it in the theaters. It is really unfortunate because I would like to see a good film about the Woodstock generation and about their children but this film was not good. I think the main reason why the film did not work is that the director has no understanding and not enough respect for the values and morals of Flower generation. The characters were not developed so the great actresses had nothing to work with which was kind of sad to watch. Overall, I do not think this film is worth the price of the movie ticket.
I think that this film was alright and it might be worth seeing but not in the theaters because it is not worth the price of the movie ticket. I thought that the story was a bit tired and unoriginal but it was definitely entertaining and interesting to watch amazing actors tackle a very mediocre material. Honestly, I think this film is a guilty pleasure at least for me because I love old hippies and I love silly films like this one.
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