“Three generations of top actresses – two time Academy Award winner Jane Fonda, Lindsay Lohan and Felicity Huffman unite in a film from director Garry Marshall about the power of redemption, freedom in forgiveness and unbreakable bonds of motherhood. When Lily (Huffman) can no longer handle her rebellious teenage daughter, Rachel (Lohan), she takes her to the one place she swore she’d never return…her mother’s house. For one very surprising summer, these three very different women are living under one roof and under one rule: Georgia’s (Fonda).”
“Georgia Rule” is rated R for sexual content and some language.
First of all, the tone is all over the map. At times it is your standard Gary Marshall sickeningly sweet comedy. There are silly moments, cute moments with little kids, and other such stuff that will give you cavities. Then there are other moments that seem like they come from a totally different movie. Lohan’s character lets a boy run his hand up her crotch, she gives him a blowjob, there’s talk of child molestation, etc etc etc. It’s just completely out of place. One scene that embodies this inconsistency is a moment where Jane Fonda yells out “F**k you!” to Lohan, then immediately afterwards attempts to wash Lohan’s mouth out for “taking the name of the Lord in vain”. The movie, like Georgia’s rules, is inconsistent.
There are other pointless, cringe-worthy moments that make you embarrassed for everyone involved in the making of this movie. In one scene Lohan wrestles a young boy and then yells out that he’s “hard”. In another scene her character attempts to seduce a father figure. In another scene, Lohan is talking with Dermot Mulroney about her stepfather molesting her, and he says, “Maybe it was love”. In another scene, Felicity Huffman’s character learns that Lohan was molested by her husband. Her reaction is that she’s upset that her daughter slept with him. Huh? These scenes were like watching a train wreck. It was terrible to watch but you couldn’t look away from it.
And I used to like Lindsay Lohan. At a young age I used to think she had a promising career as an actress. But she’s been in the media so much lately that I can’t separate her off screen antics with her on screen character. I’m so absolutely sick of seeing her in the media that I can’t stand to watch her in a movie. And it doesn’t help matters that her character is an out of control, irresponsible, rude, sex crazed girl. I suppose art imitates life.
This is easily the worst film Gary Marshall has ever made. If you pick this up thinking you’re getting “Pretty Woman” or “Princess Diaries,” you’re in for a shock. I recommend avoiding this one.
The bonus features are your standard offerings of deleted scenes, a gag reel, and a making of featurette. There’s also a featurette on the “women of Georgia Rule”. And like most Gary Marshall DVDs, the bonus features contain a lot of the director, clowning around on the set, and other such stuff. It looks like making the film was more fun than watching it.