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Peace, Love & Misunderstanding Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    45

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    So let's hear it for the giant wig of Pre-Raphaelite gray corkscrews planted on the noggin of Jane Fonda as a glamorous hippie grandma. The hairdo meets its match in the dull Ann Taylor togs encasing Catherine Keener: That's how you know Granny's daughter is an uptight lawyer.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The only rewards, and they are real albeit insufficient, involve watching Jane Fonda in full cry and Catherine Keener in a quieter fullness of feeling.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The saving grace to the utter predictability in Christina Mengert and Joseph Muszynski's screenplay is reasonably personable characters and spirited acting by director Bruce Beresford's cast.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    An undemanding formula picture that's a lot of superficial fun and not much more.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Drug use and cliches mar unoriginal indie dramedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that that Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding is an indie dramedy about clashing values between a straightlaced New York lawyer (Catherine Keener) and her aging-hippie mother (Jane Fonda). The movie finds laughs in their conflict and seeks heart in their attempts to find common ground. There's occasional swearing (including "s--t"), some flirting and kissing, a few quick shots of nude men from behind, drinking, and smoking. But the biggest issue for most parents is likely to be the movie's drug use; almost everyone smokes pot, even the high school student. The movie makes light of Fonda's character's dope habit, even when she's arrested for dealing, in an effort to contrast her free-spirited lifestyle with that of her regimented daughter.

  • Families can talk about how Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding depicts drug use. Is it presented as a positive or negative thing? Are there realistic consequences?
  • Do the aging Woodstock residents seem like stereotypes or realistic characters?
  • What do you think about Grace's do-as-you-please philosophy? How do her choices impact others?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: It's important to be yourself and to understand who you are and what you believe in. But it's just as important to realize that other people are entitled to be who they are and that even though you may disagree with some of their beliefs, their opinions are just as valid as yours. If you approach others with an open mind, you might just learn something important, even from people you disagree with.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Grace, an aging hippie/free spirit, happily encourages everyone around her to do whatever feels good (which does include smoking pot and other things that some might find iffy). Her adult daughter is more high-strung and points out the ways that self-indulgent behavior can affect others. Eventually they find middle ground.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Two characters hit a deer while driving at night and are forced to shoot the injured animal to put it out of its misery. Some arguing.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Some flirting and kissing, and two quick shots of naked men seen from behind (while skinny-dipping and posing for a painting). One couple has sex off screen, which becomes an important topic of conversation in later scenes. An aging hippie happily recounts her past sexual exploits, while her adult daughter is less pleased with her mother's endorsement of "free love."

  • language false3

    Language: Occasional swearing includes "s--t," "c--k," and "damn."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: The film has a strong anti-consumer message.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Just about everyone smokes pot, including teens. There are joints, roaches, pipes, bongs, and a giant hookah. One of the main characters makes her living selling pot and proudly shows off her high-tech growing operation. Some characters also drink beer or wine at parties or with meals; several smoke cigarettes. In one scene, a group of women gets smashed on tequila shots.

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