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Georgia Rule
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Directed By
Garry Marshall

Written By:
Mark Andrus

Cast:
Jane Fonda, Lindsay Lohan, Felicity Huffman, Dermot Mulroney, Cary Elwes, Garrett Hedlund, Hope Alexander-Willis, Shea Curry, Hector Elizondo, Laurie Metcalf, Jonas Neal, Chelse Swain, Gus Lynch, Franklin Ruehl, Christine Lakin, Jennifer De Minco, Zachary Gordon, Rory O'Malley, Anna A. White, Shane Partlow, Timothy Henning, Maggie Henry, Dylan McLaughlin, Mandy Medlin, Jaclyn Miller, Shane Partlow, Steve Shane

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Georgia Rule (2007)
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Movie Review by Jeff
June 19th, 2008

Any movie that starts off with Lindsay Lohan scantily dressed walking down the side of a vacant road is something that this reviewer would potentially see as possibly one of the best films of all time. However cute and dramatic Georgia Rule is, it is not, surprise, surprise, one of the best films of all time.

The story of Rachel (Lohan), her Mother (Felicity Huffman) and her Grandmother (Jane Fonda) all having strained relations with the other decend on Georgia's (Fonda) house in a small town in Idaho. Rachel is an out of control teenager when her mother decides to send her to live with Georgia even though her own relationship with Georgia is next to nothing. The movie which starts off as a teenager out of control, defying all the norm and any sense of reason story, soon turns into a very serious subtext with plot twists and turns that are very unpredictable. Director Garry Marshall has always been one of my favorites. He always seems to capture the feel of the time, place and essence of any story he gets his hands on. Georgia Rule is no exception. You actually feel as if you are intertwined with each character and cathartically feel for them.

I would like to say I could pinpoint exactly where the movie seemed to fall flat for me, whether it be with the scenes with Lohan and Dermot Mulroney as a Father figure, or the scenes with Lohan and Cary Elwes, as the anti-Father figure. The story just seemed to be heading to somewhere it never quite achieves, which is not to say it is not good, it is just not as good as I felt it could have been. What is also a sad irony is, that Lohan is actually a good if not potentially exceptional actress. She has great screen presence and has the chops to stand with Huffman and Fonda. The sadness is in the real life of Lohan and what she is doing with it. Even on the filming of this movie she had a major studio exec who fired off a letter to her to act more professional instead of not showing up to the set, etc. Here is hoping Lohan gets herself together, maybe she just needs some real time at Georgia's house.

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