GEORGIA RULE: DVD
Rebellious teenager Rachel (Lindsay Lohan) screams, swears, drinks and lies. In desperation, her mother Lily (Felicity Huffman) drags her from their San Francisco home to the one place she swore she'd never return ... her own mother's Idaho house, for the pre-college break. Georgia (Jane Fonda) lives her life by a number of unbreakable rules, demanding anyone who shares her home do the same - God comes first and hard work comes a very close second. As Rachel sinks into her summer of misery, she shakes up the tiny Mormon town, wreaking havoc both inside and outside her dysfunctional family. When she reveals a terrible secret to the widowed town vet she has befriended, Simon (Dermot Mulroney), it gets back to Georgia, and of course to Lily, with devastating consequences. But is she telling the truth?
Review by Louise Keller:
When Lindsay Lohan's Rachel arrives in the small town in Idaho, she is like an out of control whirlwind. Outspoken, precocious and manipulative, Rachel becomes the catalyst for change in this story about truth, lies and love. The main appeal of Georgia Rule lies in its shapely top drawer cast of Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman and Lindsay Lohan, playing three generations of women from the same dysfunctional family. Yet the film is not the runaway success we would like it to be. It's a case of hit and miss, with a script that hits its target for much of the time, but becomes forced when it matters most.
Garry Marshall is no slouch when it comes to getting ace performances from his leading ladies, and Lohan is a knockout. Her Rachel is a brat who takes delight in shocking everyone. 'She's very resourceful,' says Huffman's Lilly of her daughter, 'she'll find you when she needs you.' Fonda's regimented Georgia doesn't even blink when Rachel flings four letter words at her, but insists she sucks a cake of soap when she blasphemes. Her philosophy that there is comfort in a routine makes some sense, but when Rachel drops a bombshell about her stepfather to Dermot Mulroney's vet Simon, the whole family goes into damage control. Meanwhile Rachel makes a play for Harlan (Garrett Hedlund), a sweet local lad whose strict Morman beliefs endorse sex only after marriage, and the scene in the dinghy when looking is not enough, is a riot. Rachel's relationship with both Harlan and Simon works especially well and the central relationships between Rachel, Lilly and Georgia are filled with pathos, despite a few too many slick lines thrown in by writer Mark Andrus.
The story becomes murky when the fine line separating truth from lies starts to blur and Rachel's step-father Arnold (Cary Elwes) fails miserably as a convincing character. But watching the extraordinary Fonda is a treat, and the story strands come together beautifully with emotional panache. There is nothing false about the emotions at the film's end when a few tears and a lump in the throat are in order.
There are deleted scenes on the DVD plus a gag reel, The Women of Georgia Rule, and featurette on the making of the film.
Published September 27, 2007
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GEORGIA RULE: DVD (M)
CAST: Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman, Lindsay Lohan, Dermot Mulroney, Cary Elwes, Garrett Hedlund
PRODUCER: David Robinson, James Robinson
DIRECTOR: Garry Marshall
SCRIPT: Mark Andrus
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Karl Walter Lindenlaub
EDITOR: Bruce Green, Tara Timpone
MUSIC: John Debney
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Albert Brenner
RUNNING TIME: 112 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Hoyts
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 10, 2007
SPECIAL FEATURES: Deleted scenes, gag reel, making of Georgia Rule; The Women of Georgia Rule
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Universal
DVD RELEASE: October 3, 2007