Taking Woodstock

Taking Woodstock
Taking Woodstock
  • R
  • 2h 0m
  • 2009
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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.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Featuring numerous 60s-era clichés, but little of the musical magic that highlighted the famous festival, Taking Woodstock is a breezy but underwhelming portrayal.
David Ansen

Some will call his Woodstock naive, but that's what he intends: the movie is a sweet, anecdotal, c...

December 14, 2018
Time Out
Hank Sartin

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Tom Huddlestone

This may be a minor movie, but it displays the hallmarks of a major talent.

June 21, 2017
Stephanie Zacharek

It's harmless enough as a snapshot of a young man's awakening to the grand possibilities of adult...

December 14, 2018
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Dramedy revisits famous festival, complete with drugs, sex.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this R-rated Ang Lee dramedy about the backstory behind the famous Woodstock festival is quite accurate in depicting the time period and the event itself -- in other words, there's plenty of drug use (pot, acid, etc.), nudity, and more. Since it stars comedian Demetri Martin, expect teens to be interested. But the topic and tone are definitely more geared toward adults.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:August 26, 2009
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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