Georgia Rule

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Lohan acts out in muddled mother-daughter comedy.
  • R
  • 2007
  • 113 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Rachel is known to lie, and she can't seem to tell the difference between right and wrong. But in the end she and her mother make amends -- albeit very painfully.

Violence

Lilly frantically pushes and slaps Arnold, who violently shoves her to the floor.

Sex

Rachel takes off her panties, spreads her legs, and invites a guy to look and touch (though no nudity is shown). She then says it's his turn and gives the guy oral sex. In nearly every scene, Rachel is wearing either skimpy or cleavage-outlining (to put it mildly) outfits. She tries to seduce an older man and threatens to "f--k" a bunch of girls' boyfriends if they don't stop bothering her. Rachel's sexual history and the possibility of sexual abuse are discussed repeatedly throughout the film. Rachel calls Harlan's belief to wait until marriage for sex "retarded." Lilly kisses two different men.

Language

"F--k," "s--t," "goddamnit," "ass," "slut," "blow job," etc. Frequent, but not constant.

Consumerism

Cars: Ferrari and Mercedes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Rachel drinks and does drugs. Lilly is an alcoholic, and she goes on a couple of drinking binges, consuming many, many bottles of hard liquor.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although star Lindsay Lohan has some younger fans, this definitely isn't a teen flick (remember, director Garry Marshall is the man behind Pretty Woman as well as The Princess Diaries ...). Lohan's character lies, takes drugs, has sex indiscriminately (she's called a slut several times), and is basically without any inhibitions or common sense. The movie also tackles serious family issues like alcoholism, religion, fractured mother-daughter relationships, promiscuity, and sexual abuse. Teens too young to deal with dysfunctional sexual issues are probably too young to handle the mature themes of this "comedy."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTawanda April 9, 2008

Excellent!

I think the publicity about Lindsey Lohan has overshadowed an excellent movie. It was funny, serious, sad and compelling. The story held my interest the entir... Continue reading
Adult Written bysmithers6969 April 9, 2008

It SUCKED

So why don't they have THAT for a rating? S for SUCKS. This one would get a triple S!
Teen, 17 years old Written byJackSpears October 5, 2013

It's good, but know your audience ... and NOT FOR ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN ABUSED IN ANY WAY!!!

The film is centered around a young, teen girl, who is a victim of incest (and is portrayed by Lindsay Lohan, with quality acting). Lindsay's character Rac... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bydarrenc95 April 9, 2008

Lohan shines in dramedy, themes too mature for some

My mom bought this movie on DVD and pre-screened it before she let me watch it. Afterward, she said I could not watch it. My grandparents noticed it was on Pay... Continue reading

What's the story?

Lindsay Lohan is Rachel, a spoiled, highly sexualized San Francisco 17-year-old who's simply out of control: She lies, drinks, does drugs, and sleeps around without giving it a second thought. Her recovering alcoholic mom, Lilly (Felicity Huffman), realizes that her laissez faire parenting has created a narcissistic, manipulative monster, so she packs Rachel up and sends her to live with grandma Georgia (Jane Fonda) in small-town Idaho. Surrounded by rural Goody Two-shoes and her titular, rule-bound grandmother, Rachel gets her kicks by befriending handsome townie Harlan (Garrett Hedlund) and tempting sweet widower Simon (Dermot Mulroney), who happens to be her mom's high school boyfriend. Sex is a game, and Rachel knows exactly how to win. The movie adds a shocking backstory two-thirds of the way through when Rachel alleges that she's the victim of years of sexual abuse at the hands of her seemingly loving stepfather, Arnold (Cary Elwes).

Is it any good?

Despite her off-screen reputation, Lohan has real acting chops; Fonda and Huffman, for their part, are clearly gifted actresses. But even their dramatic pedigrees can't save this melodramatic mess from devolving into quick-fix sentimentality.

Septuagenarian director Garry Marshall has made many a woman-centered film, most of which are perfect for mother-daughter time -- Beaches, The Princess Diaries, etc. But GEORGIA RULE isn't the light-and-fuzzy Mother's Day picture it's being marketed as in TV ads. (Don't forget, Marshall is the man behind the funny-but-prostitute-focused Pretty Woman, too.)

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether stars' off-screen lives affect how you perceive them on-screen. Did what you know about Lohan's personal life distract you from her performance?

  • Families can also discuss the need for rules and boundaries. How did Lilly's lack of rules affect Rachel?

Movie details

For kids who love stories about teens

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