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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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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.
This is a movie about the behind the scenes world of the people who put Woodstock on, and although I don't know how accurate it is, I was entertained by it greatly. It took me back to an earlier time in my life and showed me a side of an event that was (for me) history; a side of Woodstock of which I had been previously and completely unaware.
I would recommend this film to anyone with an interest in Woodstock and/or the era of the 60s.
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.