GEORGIA RULE

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Posted October 5, 2007 in Film

Lilly (Felicity Huffman) and her daughter Rachel (Lindsay Lohan) are a mess—a pair of Californian boozehounds who throw temper tantrums like clockwork. But that’s nothing that irritatingly wholesome grandma Georgia (Jane Fonda) thinks she can’t fix with a job, regular meal times, and some down-home time in Hull, Idaho, where the Fourth of July festival’s main attraction is milking a goat. (‘Course, anyone who’s lived in the sticks knows they’ve got more drugs than Haight Street.) Garry Marshall’s uneven dramady teeters between cliché and balls-out boldness—the latter due to Rachel’s desperate need to seduce and shock. When her virgin farm boy crush (Garrett Hedlund), a Mormon, gets too serious after their first encounter, she shrieks at him and Georgia, “I gave you a blow job—it wasn’t even a date! God, no good deed goes unpunished.” Lohan excels as an unhinged, bratty sexual predator (insert method acting joke here). Rachel hints she might have been molested by her ultra-rich stepfather (Cary Elwes), but when Mark Andrus’ plot hinges on whether or not everyone believes her, this confused comedy asks us to root—uncomfortably—that she was, just to prove all those small-town haters wrong. (Amy Nicholson)

 


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