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Movie Review: Georgia Rule

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You don't have to brush me or feed me after riding me.

On behalf of all men, not all of us would be turned on by that sentence. There's something inherently wrong with that progression of words. Garry Marshall's idea? Maybe; he did make Pretty Woman.

But then of course, he did Runaway Bride.

Georgia Rule's claim to fame mostly came from the acting out of Lindsay Lohan, who starred in the film as a wild child sent to live in a rather conservative town for the summer with her just as abrasive grandmother, Georgia (Jane Fonda). Oh and she also has a mother (Felicity Huffman) who she dislikes.

Characters who share tough love are often hard to center an entire movie around. The performances have to be able to give away the signs that the meanness spread about isn't really meanness, but the struggle for that personality type to actually show their feelings. The Odd Couple, Guarding Tess, and even The War Of The Roses managed to pull that off.

Georgia Rule just manages to show that dysfunctional families need to be heard and not seen. I can see why Lohan probably liked the material since her own family life somewhat mirrors that. She also got a chance to work with the great Jane Fonda, who strangely seems on auto-pilot as the grandmother of Lohan's character.

James G. Robinson's rant at Lindsay may have been justified, but it would have been better for the Morgan Creek CEO to just can the production altogether. I suspect the reason the film moved so quickly was because by the time Lohan was brought back on set, the production was much delayed. I'm sure that in terms of money and keeping good PR that it was a good move.

In terms of a film, well — it's right up there with Gigli.

I think the most uncomfortable aspect of the film besides the forced acting and strangely fast pace is another piece of dialogue. In a scene between Dermot Mulroney's character,  Dr. Simon West, and Lohan's character, Rachel, Lohan reveals that she had been sexually molested by her father. I suppose Marshall had someone add that in thinking that the movie wasn't depressing enough.

if you need a coaster/time-waster, then Georgia Rule might be for you. Just be sure you wash your hands after touching the DVD case once you've watched a scene of a character going up Lindsay Lohan's dress. I'm sure the actor was scared, considering just about all of Hollywood could have been up there.

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