PEACE, LOVE & MISUNDERSTANDING
If "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding" strikes you as a thigh-slappingly witty title, there's a chance you will enjoy the entire film. There is plenty of talent on hand -- the stars are Catherine Keener, Jane Fonda and Elizabeth Olsen; Bruce "Driving Miss Daisy" Beresford directs -- but no one really glows. It's as if everyone was hooked to a rheostat and dialed way back. Keener plays an uptight lawyer in the throes of a divorce. She decides to visit Fonda, her unregenerate hippie mother. Olsen is the quippy daughter along for the ride. The tie-dyed Aquarian vs. pinstriped yuppie premise is pure sitcom corn syrup, and the inevitable scenes of kids getting high with Grandma arrive right on schedule. The dramedy's serious moments are wearisome and the comedy is humor-free forced zaniness. Theoretically, there may have been a way to make this amusing, but this film does not find it.
GOODBYE FIRST LOVE
"Goodbye First Love" is a very lifelike film in the sense that life does not often imitate entertainment. It charts the relationship between two French kids over a decade, approximately in real time. Sullivan (Sebastian Urzendowsky) has curly hair and commitment issues. Camille (Lola Creton) has vast eyes and a co-dependent streak. They make love, dream about a future together, part, grow up, reunite and part again. They ponder suicide if they cannot be together but forget that actions speak louder than words. Attention, moviemakers: Having been in a bad relationship is an unusually common experience and not just cause for making a film.