Catherine Keener plays an uptight New York City lawyer who, upon being told by her husband (Kyle MacLachlan) that he wants a divorce, packs up her teenage kids (Elizabeth Olsen and Nat Wolff) and heads to Woodstock, New York, where she drops in—unannounced—at the home of her mother (Jane Fonda), whom she hasn’t seen in twenty years! Mom is an unreconstructed hippie, and the communal, laid-back atmosphere of Woodstock has a profound effect on every member of the visiting family. Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Chace Crawford offer potential love interest for Keener and Olsen, respectively.
Other movies will attract more attention this summer, but Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding has Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, and Elizabeth Olsen—and that’s more talent than you’ll find in a many bigger, bolder summer releases. It definitely kept me entertained.