Georgia Rule

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Georgia Rule

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(By Erin Cullin)

This weekend, I had the misfortunate of actually wasting two hours of my life. I have no-one but myself to blame. There were other things that I could have done with my time. I have a pile of laundry in my basement that needs to be washed. There were reruns playing of Gene Simmons' Family Jewels. I could have stared into space and contemplated the universe. Instead, I went to see Georgia Rule.

Georgia Rule is the latest film by Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, The Princess Diaries), a director who usually does a decent job of creating a light "chick flick" that is perfect to release to theatres on Mother's Day weekend. The film is based on a screenplay by Mark Andrus, who wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for As Good As It Gets. The film starred one Oscar-winning actress (Jane Fonda) and one Oscar-nominated actress (Felicity Huffman). Unfortunately, none of these very talented people could save Georgia Rule.

Georgia Rule tells the story of Rachel (Lindsay Lohan), the rebellious teenage daughter of Lily (Huffman), who herself was once the rebellious teenage daughter of Georgia (Fonda). When Lily becomes unable to manage her daughter's behaviour, she delivers her to the care of her mother in Idaho for the summer, hoping that her mother's firm, conservative guidance will remedy her. The film explores the relationship between the three women as they attempt to repair their relationships while negotiating the disclosure of some troubling family secrets.

This film failed on every imaginable level, and the blame for that should be equally shared by everyone involved in making it. It was plagued by poor acting which I suspect was the result of poor directing. The story and the dialogue were, at times, embarassing to watch.

The worst offender in this production, however, would have to be Lindsay Lohan. As I sat in the theatre, I could not help but wonder why such a fuss has been made about her. Am I missing something? Does anyone honestly believe that this girl is a good actress?

In fairness, Lindsay's acting skills (or lack thereof) may not have been the problem in this film. For those of you who follow entertainment news, you may be aware that this is the film for which she received a dressing down from Garry Marshall, Jane Fonda and James Robinson (the CEO of the studio) about the effect that her off-screen behaviour was having on her on-screen performance. Apparently, her excessive all-night partying was causing her to be absent, late and generally unproductive on-set.

Lohan's shortcomings on-set were apparent on-screen. From her raspy, boozy voice to her tired, mature-beyond-her-years complexion, Lohan was nothing short of a trainwreck. Although the story begged for the audience to sympathize with her, it was impossible to do so. She was an irritant throughout the film. Unless she cleans herself up, I see her being Hollywood's next Tatum O'Neal.

This is also another film where I find myself disagreeing with its rating. Although this film is rated PG (in Ontario), it deals with mature subject-matter and includes some overt sexual references. I suppose that is fine if you would like to have your child exposed to sexualized behaviour that would make even Britney Spears blush - I am not one of those people, and I would suggest that this film should have been rated at least AA. This film is actually rated R in the US because of its sexual references and strong language, so parents beware.

In the end, I cannot think of one good thing to say about Georgia Rule. Actually, I take that back. I liked the song that they played during the end credits. Unfortunately, I had to watch the film to hear it.  

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