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A generation began in his backyard…From Academy Award®-winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) comes Taking Woodstock, the comedy inspired by the true story of Elliot Tiber (Demetri Martin) and his family, who inadvertently played a pivotal role in making the famed Woodstock Music and Arts Festival into the happening that it was. When Elliot hears that a neighboring town has pulled the permit on a hippie music festival, he calls the producers thinking he could drum up some much-needed business for his parents' run-down motel. Three weeks later, half a million people are on their way to his neighbor’s farm in White Lake, New York, and Elliot finds himself swept up in a generation-defining experience that would change his life–and American culture–forever.
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One thing in particular, that I just HAVE to mention, is that there is one scene in the movie that is the most REAL depiction of an acid trip, that I have EVER seen, committed to film! And if you've ever taken really good acid, like what we had back in the 60's, I'm sure you'll agree with me. Nothing "over the top" or unbelieveable hallucinations, that are so often depicted in movies. This is just a great trip! Very natural. Ang Lee nailed it! (The scene takes place when Elliot first gets to the festival site and meets up with a couple of kids who are just sitting by their VW minibus. They drop acid, crawl inside the minibus and...bye bye reality.)
It's not vital but it is a good idea to watch "Woodstock: Three Days Of Peace And Music", before you watch this movie. Then you can appreciate little things, like the "nun throwing the peace sign", "Wavy Gravy walking around" or the "port-a-san man interview", etc.
For those who have never seen this movie, I'd like to add that there is NO re creation of the actual concert in this movie. So don't expect any. This is a story about how the concert came to be - period. Enjoy!
I KNEW people very much like some of the main characters in that film. For example the guy who was a burnt out PTSD Vietnam vet? At least 2-3 of my former roomates would have met that description and acted a lot like him. The lady with the big leather hat whose boyfriend was one of the producers (the guy who knew Eliot) ... acted just like a women I used to live with, who even had that same hat. The couple from San Francisco Eliot took an acid trip with? Just like people I knew in SF. etc etc etc.
Overall though, I felt the movie was more of a coming of age for Elliot (Dmitri Martin) with the very interesting Woodstock as the backdrop.
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