Georgia Rule *1/2
Directed by Garry Marshall
Rated R for Language and Sexual Content
"Georgia Rule" might have been a good movie while it was in development stages over at Universal. At its core it seems like something that would be more suitable for Focus Features or Fox Searchlight as this is really a dark family drama that somehow was made into a light and fluffy little comedy/drama. In one two hour period I was subjected to somebody suggesting oral sex, incest, binge drinking, and references to strong drug use in the past, all involving a teenager. And yet somehow this slipped by as something that three generations of women could go and see together. I guess that is Hollywood. Lindsey Lohan should get an award for just playing a variation herself (sarcasm) as Rachael Wilcox, a young woman who is somewhat of a rebel. Being forced to live with her grandfather (Jane Fonda) in a small town in Iowa, Rachael becomes a bad influence towards Harlan, a young Mormon boy in the area. After befriending and working for a local vet, Rachael gets mad at him and ends up confessing to being molested by her stepfather when she was twelve. She then tells him she was joking, but that's after he ends up calling up her mother and grandfather about it. Now the question is if she is serious or not, or is this rebel child just acting out and trying to get some attention?
I don't care how this looks or who is in it, the themes in "Georgia Rule" are completely screwed up, and the problem is that no character really seems to act very greatly about it. When a mother finds out that her husband has been molesting her young daughter, the reaction is not to calmly start to drink a lot-I would find that it would be much more drastic. But somehow this films diverts any of the serious side effects of what goes on, and ends up having some kind of togetherness mother/daughter moment at the end, as if nothing went wrong. I just could not understand how misleading and unrealistic this was. Even for a Hollywood movie it pushes the limits on what could be used to teach a moral and what cannot. Maybe if this ended up being what it should be-a serious family drama-"Georgia Rule" could have been more effective. But with such twisted themes being turned into something sweet and romantic (from the director of "Pretty Women!" and "The Princess Diaries!"), I feel like everyone will be cheated, and that it is not the proper way to go about this story. This is not the type of film for Lohan or even for a mother/daughter.