What’s your movie about?
Oh I don’t know, what’s any movie about you know? Mostly love.
This is a line that is spoken a few times throughout “Peace, Love & Misunderstanding”. That and other responses that clearly signify that the boy in the film making a movie didn’t know what his own movie was even about. Something leads me to believe that the creator of this film had the same dilemma. “Peace, Love & Misunderstanding” is a film without a plot that obviously goes nowhere.
When Diane’s (Catherine Keener) husband decides he wants a divorce, Diane and her two kids Zoe (Elizabeth Olsen) and Jake (Nat Wolff) head off on a family vacation at her mother’s (Jane Fonda) home. It is there that Diane meets Jude (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), and her two kids also meet members of the opposite sex that are around each others age. Hence, this is where the phrase “mostly love” comes in. We follow each character’s lives for far too long and watch nothing out of the ordinary happen. Then after you have had enough, the movie ends with no surprises.
Jake, Diane’s son, is filming a movie throughout the film. He doesn’t know what will come of it, he just documents what he sees. It really is funny to see how much that reflects the apparent category this film falls under. This film goes absolutely nowhere, because it started off nowhere. BCDF Pictures, the film production company, wrote the plot as:
An uptight NYC lawyer takes her two teenagers to her hippie mother’s farmhouse upstate for a family vacation.
Okay, that’s great, but that just describes the first five minutes of the film. Is everything else just filler? It sure seems that way. It is imperative that a film have a Point A and a Point B, and obstacles along the way. Every story has those elements, it is the basic story foundation, story arc, story web. It has so many names, but the idea is incredibly simple, but somehow the writer completely forgot about it.
The acting was fine, but without anything to keep the audience tuned into the characters or story, it is irrelevant. Even the end result of the boy’s documentary made absolutely no sense, but the crowd sure loved it. That may signify how the writer hopes the viewer of this film will react afterwards…keep on dreaming.
‘Peace, Love & Misunderstanding‘ comes out on Blu-Ray and DVD on Oct. 2!