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Lohan's broken "Georgia Rule"

Anyone thinking that "Georgia Rule" is similar to all other Lindsay Lohan films, steer clear of the theater. It's not a film for children; it's not the happy-go-lucky film that is portrayed in the trailers.

The only reason anyone would really want to go see this film happens to be because of a small letter from the CEO of Morgan Creek Productions to Lohan scolding her for bad behavior. Was it a real letter of reprimand? Or was it the perfect form of publicity? Could be either, actually.

Mimicking Lohan's real life, oddly, "Georgia Rule" depicts the life of a rebellious girl, Rachel (Lohan) being shipped off to her no nonsense grandmother Georgia's (Jane Fonda) house by her mother Lilly (Felicity Huffman).

Rachel's attitude and naughty behavior has finally gotten to her mother. In order to gain a bit of control, she thinks that a little time in the town that she fled as a girl may have a better impression on her daughter than California.

Rachel doesn't take to Idaho well. She's willing to stir up quite a bit of trouble, including seducing good Mormon boy Harlan (Garrett Hedlund). But it's the secret that she lets out that sends her family into an uproar.

She tells her boss, Simon (Dermot Mulroney), she was molested as a girl. Whether or not she's telling the truth or just saying such things to get some attention causes more problems for the three generations of women than they asked for.

The quick turnaround from the happy film into dark escapade makes the film that was ascending into enjoyable film into one that came crashing down.

It's not surprising that Lohan pulled diva moves when it came to being on this set. She's playing a diva throughout the film, so why not do it in real life? The role isn't too big of a departure from her previous films, but she doesn't really get to act. She needs more roles that can show off her acting abilities rather than just her flesh and shriek.

For Fonda, "Georgia Rule" is just an extension of her "Monster-In-Law" role. She's funny, she drops an F-bomb and she's likeable as a grandmother willing to stuff a bar of soap in your mouth to make a point. Huffman, on the other hand, is above this film. Sure she does funny mom on "Desperate Housewives" and has some great lines in "Georgia Rule," but "Transamerica" should have sent her looking for something more than a fluffy two-dimensional character.

By far, the one-liners that the scriptwriters threw in were pieces of genius wasted.

The subtleness of Lohan's clothing was quite intriguing though. If it had been a better film, it could be quite the case study. Her everyday clothing consisted primarily of white pieces. When she got dressed up for moments of seduction, she was clothed in dark colors -- blue and red. It's a nuanced way of getting across the point that her character has an innocence about her even though she acts mature.

Some people have said this is Lohan's "Gigli," and it's hard not to agree. It's not her worst film, not her best film, but her outside life does overshadow her work. But "Georgia Rule" isn't as interesting as some of that off-camera action. Rating:


Liann | Jan. 20, 2008 at 12:34 p.m. (report)

Are you crazy ?!? I just love the movie, I think it's one of the best ever made. It's also Lindsay Lohan's best movie. So I don't know what you're talking about, maybe you saw the wrong movie or anything, but I just have to say, that the movie rocks !!

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