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Taking Woodstock (2009)

Taking Woodstock

Overview


Genre

Comedy

Release Date

August 28, 2009 (Wide)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

120 min.

Studio

Focus Features

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  3 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Ang Lee

Producer

James Schamus

Screenwriter

James Schamus

Starring

Story


A generation began in his backyard... From Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee ("Brokeback Mountain," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"), comes "Taking Woodstock," a new 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.

It's 1969, and Elliot Tiber, a down-on-his-luck interior designer in Greenwich Village, New York, has to move back upstate to help his parents run their dilapidated Catskills motel, The El Monaco. The bank's about to foreclose; his father wants to burn the place down, but hasn't paid the insurance; and Elliot is still figuring how to come out to his parents.

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 the motel. Three weeks later, half a million people are on their way to his neighbor's farm in White Lake, NY, and Elliot finds himself swept up in a generation-defining experience that would change his life, and American culture, forever.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..awfully amiable and dull..”
by Rene Rodriguez [Miami Herald]
“..the most fun film in competition at Cannes so far..”
by Kaleem Aftab [The Independent]
“..just loiters around..”
by Colin Covert [Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune]