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A young man working for his parents at their motel inadvertently sets up a concert for the summer of 1969. But he has no idea that this concert would be the generation-defining concert of the summer of 1969.
Comedy Musical - This is a period comedy/drama about how the 1969 music festival came
to be. Those interested in the various music acts that performed may
be disappointed since that issue isn't covered. The target audience
is adults who remember the time period. Nudity and drug use make the
film inappropriate for kids, who wouldn't be interested anyhow.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words, 4 S-words, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Frequent full nudity, mostly non-sexual. VIOLENCE: Pushes and hits. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, acid. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Sex and drug humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Taking Woodstock is mainly for viewers who want to understand a little bit more about the concert from a behind-the-scenes perspective. It would be a solid special feature to a deluxe edition box set of Wadleigh's film. As a stand-alone, Taking Woodstock tries to do too much with too little and, as a result, is untethered.
Roger EbertFull Review Good "Taking Woodstock” has the freshness of something being created, not remembered. This is a comedy with some sweet interludes and others that are cheerfully over the top...
USA TodayFull Review Above Average Though director Ang Lee vibrantly captures the era, his focus on the mechanics of putting together the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival is juxtaposed with a humdrum coming-of-age tale. Setting this prosaic personal tale amid such a resonant socio-cultural event only intensifies the wan nature of the main story.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 21 moviegoers:
We we weren't able to collect very many reviews so, unfortunately, it's not going to be very accurate. Only one of the seven adult males truly enjoyed it. Many rated it average, but nearly half didn't enjoy "Taking Woodstock." The females reviews are disappointing. They range for above average to terrible. Very few enjoyed it.
Working as an interior designer in Greenwich Village, Elliot (Demetri Martin) feels empowered by the gay
rights movement. But he is also still staked to the family business - a dumpy Catskills motel
called the El Monaco that is being run into the ground by his overbearing parents, Jake and
Sonia Teichberg (Henry Goodman and Imelda Staunton). In the summer of 1969, Elliot has
to move back upstate to the El Monaco in order to help save the motel from being taken
over by the bank.
Upon hearing that a planned music and arts festival has lost its permit from the neighboring
town of Wallkill, NY, Elliot calls producer Michael Lang (Jonathan Groff) at Woodstock
Ventures to offer his family's motel to the promoters and generate some much-needed
business. Elliot also introduces Lang to his neighbor Max Yasgur (Eugene Levy), who
operates a 600-acre dairy farm down the road. Soon the Woodstock staff is moving into the
El Monaco - and half a million people are on their way to Yasgur's farm for "3 days of Peace
& Music in White Lake."
With a little help from his friends, including theater troupe leader Devon (Dan Fogler),
recently returned Vietnam veteran Billy (Emile Hirsch), and cross-dressing ex-Marine Vilma
(Liev Schreiber) - and with a little opposition from townspeople, including Billy's brother Dan
(Jeffrey Dean Morgan) - Elliot finds himself swept up in a generation-defining experience
that would change his life - and popular culture - forever.