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?