Peace, Love and Misunderstanding

June 8th 2012
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • R,
  • 96 min,
  • IFC Releasing
  • Cast: Jane Fonda, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Elizabeth Olsen, Chace Crawford, Catherine Keener, Rosanna Arquette, Kyle MacLachlan, Nat Wolff, Maddie Corman, Poorna Jagannathan, Marissa O'Donnell, Laurent Rejto, April Crisafulli, Wayne Pyle, Terry McKenna, Sean Marrinan, Joseph Dunn, Nicholas Karoly, Teri Gibson, Barbara Sebring-Forman, Michael Patrick Burke, Kai Beck
  • Director: Bruce Beresford
  • Writers: Christina Mengert, Joseph Muszynski
  • Producers: Jonathan Burkhart, Brice Dal Farra, Claude Dal Farra, Lauren Munsch
  • Co Producers: Richard Cowan, Wendy Cox
  • Executive Producers: Christina Mengert, Joseph Muszynski
  • Art Direction: Elise G. Viola
  • Castings: Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee
  • Costume Design: Johann Stegmeir
  • D.O.P.: Andre Fleuren
  • Editor: John David Allen
  • Makeup: Sandra Linn Koepper
  • Music: Spencer David Hutchings
  • Production Design: Carl Sprague
  • Set Decoration: Robert Schleinig


A portrait of an unconventional family, "Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding" tells the story of Diane (Keener), a conservative New York City lawyer who is in desperate need of an escape after her husband asks for a divorce. Along with her two children (Olsen and Wolff), she takes refuge at her estranged hippie mother Grace's (Fonda) farmhouse, where she is exposed to a motley crew of free thinkers.

What was meant to be a stress-free getaway quickly turns into a reminder of why Diane escaped her mother's hippie lifestyle in the first place, but the reunion forcers her, her children, and Grace to search for peace with each other and with themselves.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: New York City, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Drug content and some sexual references
  • Production Companies: BCDF Pictures
  • Production Schedule: July 2010

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2011 Guide Analysis: "Though his last film "Mao's Last Dancer" was a major hit in his native Australia, it failed to catch on in the rest of the world and now Bruce Beresford ("Driving Miss Daisy," "Breaker Morant") is tackling this American comedy-drama. Beresford originally planned to shoot South African feel-good drama "Zebras" early last year but financing issues put that project on hold. This indie came up though and with full financing from BCDF Pictures it was shot over six weeks during the Summer in New York's Hudson River Valley.

Set to be Fonda's first film since another multigenerational indie effort, 2007's "Georgia Rule", Fonda plays a hippie who still dresses and behaves like it's the late 60's. The actress posted a whole bunch of photos from the set on her blog, nothing that gives much away other than the usual platitudes that it's a feel good film that explores love and healing. Whether the film itself is in need of some major healing, we'll find out later in the year."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 14 September 2012: Brazil