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At Theaters: 8/28/2009 On Video: 12/15/2009
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 0 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 539961
Studio: Focus Features
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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.
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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.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Demetri Martin PAPER HEART
Henry Goodman HOOLIGANS
Imelda Staunton FREEDOM WRITERS
Eugene Levy FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION, CURIOUS GEORGE
Liev Schreiber X-MEN ORIGINS WOLVERINE, DEFIANCE
Emile Hirsch MILK, SPEED RACER, INTO THE WILD, ALPHA DOG
Director: Ang Lee LUST, CAUTION, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, THE HULK
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Production Notes Heading
About The Production
Taking Time: The Road to Woodstock
Documentary Feature
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Content Heading
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.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full 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 Ebert Full 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 Today Full 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.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 21 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (F)
1
Fairly High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
2
Fairly Low
100%
30+Adults (M)
7
Low
57%
30+Adults (F)
11
Low
55%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

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.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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.

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