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'Taking Woodstock' stirs 1960s nostalgia

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
August 28, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
As summer comes to end, the summer of love comes alive in theatres this weekend. "Taking Woodstock" is a drama that takes us back to 1969, but is it a trip worth taking? "Taking Woodstock" is inspired by a true story of how the music fest that helped define the 1960s came to be in a small New York town.

Demetri Martin plays the young man who, in trying to help his parents save their dying motel, helps Woodstock live.

Martin is very good as a young man discovering who he is amidst a freedom he never felt, and Imelda Staunton is fantastic as his nasty, greedy, motel-owner mom. When she eats up four special brownies, she goes from evil to icky.

Also in the mix is the talented Liev Schreiber. However, I don't feel his character is really fleshed out enough, as if one of his scenes explaining more got cut for time.

"Taking Woodstock" shows us a time, 40 years ago, when a movement for music and peace made major headlines. While this is a story well told, it may be a story best told to those who already feel a connection to that movement.

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