Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Peace and Love and Misunderstanding Blu-Ray Review

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Peace and Love and Misunderstanding Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: When her husband tells her he wants a divorce, devastated Manhattan lawyer Diane (Catherine Keener, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Being John Malkovich) heads upstate with her two teens to Woodstock to stay with her estranged flower-child mother (Jane Fonda). In this charming village, Diane and her city kids get a new perspective on life: poetry-reading daughter Zoe (breakout star Elizabeth Olsen of Martha Marcy May Marlene) becomes interested in a sensitive young butcher Chace Crawford, (Gossip Girl), nerdy son Jake (Nat Wolff, The Naked Brothers Band) finds material for his first film project, and Diane herself grows close to a handsome carpenter/singer (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Magic City). Most importantly, Diane finally gets the chance to end the ancient war with the mother she has not seen for decades. Legendary director Bruce Beresford (Tender Mercies, Driving Miss Daisy) creates a touching and poignant comedy with PEACE, LOVE & MISUNDERSTANDING, which proves once and for all that having an old soul doesn't mean you can't be a free spirit.

Review: They bill this film as a comedy, but I'd put it more as a coming of age / slice of life dramedy.  The cast is fantastic, highlighted by the younger sister of the infamous Olsen twins, Elizabeth.  The film is about multiple generations of a family as they converge and all expand the live their lives, connecting romantically around them and reconnecting within their own family unit.   Its a well produced film, well acted and the story is solid.  Its a fun watch.

Interest Range: Drama

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