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Review: Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

Summer of free love
By ANN LEWINSON  |  June 7, 2012
3.0 3.0 Stars

When her husband (Kyle MacLachlan) asks for a divorce, New York corporate lawyer Diane (Catherine Keener) takes her teenage children, brainy vegan Zoe (Elizabeth Olsen) and Werner Herzog-wannabe Jake (Nat Wolff), up to Woodstock to meet her estranged mother (Jane Fonda), an unreconstructed hippie who lets chickens roam the house, grows pot in her basement, and still practices free love. Soon uptight Diane is skinny-dipping (with her underwear on) with a carpenter-musician (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), while Zoe and Jake are having their own summer of love in this borderline-geriatric tourist town, albeit one in which Chace Crawford plays the ethical butcher. Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) lavishes love on the Hudson Valley, but it's Fonda's show, riffing on her Hanoi Jane past and aided by first-time screenwriters Christina Mengert and Joseph Muszynski's ear for how both smart people and New-Agers talk.

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