Taking Woodstock

This fact-based slice of psychedelic history sees the young manager (Demetri Martin) of a failing Catskills motel owned by his downtrodden immigrant parents (Henry Goodman and Imelda Staunton) inadvertently becoming a crucial player in the staging of the iconic 1969 music festival when he uses a legal permit to ease the way for the event's organizer (Jonathan Groff) and introduces him to the owner (Eugene Levy) of the dairy farm that would serve as the concert's setting. Along with the flower people's fondness for disrobing and drug-taking, director Ang Lee's gently rambling adaptation of Elliot Tiber's 2007 memoir portrays its protagonist's public avowal of his homosexuality as a positive step toward emotional maturity.

Watch out for: Benign view of homosexual acts, group sex and transvestism, nonsexual full frontal nudity, drug use, a half-dozen uses of profanity, and frequent rough and some crude language.

Rated: USCCB: O; MPAA: R

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