Taking Woodstock

Taking Woodstock

By Ang Lee

  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 2009-08-26
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 2h 0min
  • Director: Ang Lee
  • Production Company: Focus Features
  • Production Country: Taiwan, United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 14.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 416 Ratings


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.




  • Nostalgic

    By Topwahine
    My experience of Woodstock was a little weird. Because I had a job that I wanted to keep I never made it there. I watched the news that weekend and was amazed. I considered myself a hippie but San Francisco was just too far away for me. People I knew began to trickle back with amazing stories. Some of the stories were funny and some were sad. All were amazing. As the years went by I felt like I had missed out somehow. Like I should have been there. But when I watched this movie I realized that it was ok. My Woodstock experience was my own. Reading the news after work and hearing the music broadcast over local radio stations while sitting on the sand at Huntington Beach or watching the lights spill out in the street from the Golden Bear at night and hearing more music I was just as much a part of that movement as those who were in the crowd. And that’s why I feel so nostalgic for the time and place. I love this movie! Without too much of a spoiler the scene where the lake is full of people bathing and the sound of the Woodstock begins in the rising evening shadows still gives me goose bumps. Peace!
  • Worst Movie Ever

    By Six Dollar Burger
    THIS MOVIE IS TERRIBLE. Okay, I worn born in 1970, so Woodstock was something people talked about a lot, but I never could never appreciate. This movie uses Woodstock as the background, to tell the personal and semi-true story of one person's perspective. The first 30 minutes were an okay starting point, then the movie spirals downhill to the point of shear disappointment. This movie is so bad, It kept me away from movie theaters for months. I enjoy seeing art-house movies, but this may be the worst movie I have ever seen. If you want to learn about Woodstock, watch anything on PBS. If you are addicted to watching movies, this just may be the cure.
  • Most reviewers missing the point

    By tkdcoach
    I couldn't care less for a rehash of what most reviewers here seemed to want out of this movie. What I got instead was a magical insight on the periphery of a huge happening in the world, which is a far more realistic version of how we all experience things from within our own bodily and temporal limits. Taking Woodstock is one of my favorite movies of the last decade.
  • Completely Missed the Mark

    By Q_Master_1
    The story had such promise but was let down by horrible acting and a soundtrack of elevator music. So many opportunites were missed. When you portray cool characters from this era, they have to cooooooooooollllllll. The hippies didn't have a sense of self that I would have expected from this time. And the conservatives allowed themselves to washed away and not heard. There were too many started and unfinished stories. I'm taking it for granted that Viet Nam was bad, but you couldn't tell. A transvestite with a gun and a history...what's the history? Why the secret stash in the closet? That moment in America was accompanied by a crazy soundtrack...why all the dull acoustical stuff that seemed disjointed. Just wish there was more. I had my hopes up.
  • Woodstock 2010

    By trippyxxhippy
    in honor of woodstocks 40th anniversary i have read somethings about their being a woodstock 2010. Look up woodstock 2010 Toronto Canada. It supposidly is being put together by the same person that held it the first time. Sounds pretty groovy to me!
  • Awesome

    By SpankyKine
    Great movie. What happened to the 60's?!
  • Great movie

    By Ih8hippies
    A great movie, it focused on the true story behind woodstock, not just the hippies and druggies. To everyone who says it's boring and gives 1 star, you need to have more than a five minute attention-span to truly understand a movie, and Demetri Martin was iceing on the cake
  • Believe it or not, it's good

    By Critic in my own mind
    I read the bad reviews. Mostly the critics wanted more Woodstock music and didn't like Demetri Martin. But the songs I heard in the movie were excellent and Demetri is perfect because he's normal and seems slightly uncomfortable and awkward which is perfect for the person he plays. It's a great dynamic to see him working with the experienced actors and his unpolished style makes his character more realistic and innocent. I liked the special effects in the psychodelic scenes - very simple and pretty artwork.
  • worth a watch

    By djworthy
    Loved this movie. Well worth a watch, It has an intersting and fun take on woodstock from a different prespective. This is not so much about the music.
  • great

    By klemmjm
    This was a great film that really depicts the behind the scenes of woodstock. for people who only gave it one star because they didn't like that it didn't have all of the musical aspects, it was about what cause woodstock. Pesonally i loved the movie, and wish that these days we could do that.