Taking Woodstock

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Released 2009

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Director:
Ang Lee
Released:
2009
Rating:
R
A generation began in his backyard...From Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) comes Taking Woodstock, the comedy inspired by the true story of Elliot Tiber (Demetri Martin) and his family, who inadvertently played a pivotal role in making the famed Woodstock Music and Arts Festival into the happening that it was. When Elliot hears that a neighboring town has pulled the permit on a hippie music festival, he calls the producers thinking he could drum up some much-needed business for his parents' run-down motel. Three weeks later, half a million people are on their way to his neighbor's farm in White Lake, New York, and Elliot finds himself swept up in a generation-defining experience that would change his life-and American culture-forever.

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  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    This likable, humane movie is not an attempt to recreate the epochal Woodstock Music and Art Fair captured in Michael Wadleigh's documentary "Woodstock." It is essentially a small,...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    It's a frustrating complication of a movie with a sprawling story and grand ambitions -- and some truly grand acting -- that stumbles almost as often as it soars. Bummer.

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    The picture serves up intermittent pleasures but is too raggedy and laid-back for its own good, its images evaporating nearly as soon as they hit the screen.

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    Arts, Comedy, Drama, Music

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    Coming of Age, Independent, Historical, Dramedy, Musicals