Taking Woodstock (R)

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by By GARY COGILL

wfaa.com

Posted on August 27, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 22 at 6:32 PM

"Taking Woodstock" is a cinematic mess. The film takes place in 1969, in rural upstate New York, in the area surrounding the world's most popular music festival. That's right, it's a movie about a world-famous music festival with NO MUSIC. It focuses on a dysfunctional family and a screen-load of disgruntled locals trying to deal with half-a-million squatters.

Oscar-winning director Ang Lee should know better. His camera swirls all around the festival without ever actually attending the event. It's a frustrating point of view and a heavy-handed approach to what could have been a magical movie-going experience.

The screenplay ends itself to over-acting. Make sure to look for Liev Schrieber in an awkward roll as a cross-dressing former marine. Go figure, a great director, a great event; and the result is simply a disappointing, unsatisfying film. "Taking Woodstock" is rated R for an absurd amount of nudity.

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