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Rated R (MPAA) · 110 min. · 2009

Comedy, Musical
When you’re living with the repercussions of baby boomer excess, it’s pretty hard to get excited for their halcyon nostalgia, which makes Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock hard to connect to in a meaningful way. If you are about to shoulder a generation’s enormous healthcare costs as they wither, do you really want to revel in their lost hippie idyll too? The film follows Elliot Teichberg as he welcomes the concert promoters to his parents’ failing Catskills motel and into his community. Demetri Martin as Elliot---cutie-pie though he is---doesn’t have the chops to convey the multiple pressures on a man who just wants to make everyone happy to the detriment of his own desires. Martin plays both Elliot’s repressed sense of fun and his eventual awakening in a kind of overwhelmed monotone. –Hillary Titley

See our full review: <i>Taking Woodstock</i> fails to connect

Taking Woodstock fails to connect

It's hard to get excited about Taking Woodstock when most of us will spend the rest of our lives paying for this self-indulgent generation's excess »

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Director: Ang Lee
Writer: Elliot Tiber and Tom Monte
Producer: Ang Lee
Cast: Demetri Martin, Imelda Staunton, Henry Goodman, Jonathan Groff, Emile Hirsch and Eugene Levy


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