Demetri Martin & Henry Goodman in Taking Woodstock
As varied as his films have been -- from "The Wedding Banquet" to "The Ice Storm" to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" to
"Brokeback Mountain" -- director
Expectations must be set appropriately, however.
This is very light material, and, unusually for a Lee picture, not everybody in the ensemble appears to be acting in the same universe, let alone the same story.
On the other hand: It's fun.
The film is based on Elliot Tiber's memoir. Much of the book concerned the young man's unlikely role in the ultimate location and launch of the 1969 Woodstock festival (his folks owned a little motel in
Not so in the film. Screenwriter
The limitations here are mostly in the writing. The humor, even with the considerable nudity and suspiciously occasional drug use, remains mild and familiar. (Sample bit: Elliot's tightly wound immigrant parents cut loose after four pot brownies apiece.) By design "Taking Woodstock" operates from the perspective of those who came for the music but barely got close enough to hear it. This angle suits Lee's natural tendency to side with the sidelined, the outsiders.
Lee indulges in a fair bit of split-screen activity, an ode to
"Taking Woodstock" Movie Trailer
MPAA rating: R (for graphic nudity, some sexual content, drug use, and language).
Running time: 2:00.
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