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"GEORGIA RULE"
(2007) (Jane Fonda, Lindsay Lohan) (R)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Heavy Minor Extreme Minor Minor
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Moderate None None Minor Heavy
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
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Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Extreme Minor Extreme Heavy Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Dramedy: Unable to control her wild teenager, a mother sends the girl off to her grandmother's house, hoping the matriarch's rigid rule-following might make a difference.
PLOT:
Following in her own footsteps in terms of not getting along with her mother, Lilly Wilcox (FELICITY HUFFMAN) is sending her wild 17-year-old daughter Rachel (LINDSAY LOHAN) off to spend the summer with her grandmother Georgia (JANE FONDA) in hopes that the matriarch's rigid rule-following might somehow instill a change of attitude in the girl.

Outgoing, self-centered, and sporting a devil-may-care attitude, Rachel sticks out like a sore thumb in the small town of Hull, Idaho where Georgia sets her day and lives her life by a strict timetable. That doesn't sit well with Rachel, which also holds true when she learns that Georgia got her a receptionist job working for widower Simon (DERMOT MULRONEY) who treats both people and animals as the local veterinarian.

Rachel's overt sexuality draws the attention of resident young hunk Harlan (GARRETT HEDLUND) who's set to go out on a two-year journey as a Mormon missionary, but is now confused after interacting with the young vixen. To complicate matters, Rachel claims that her stepfather, San Francisco lawyer Arnold (CARY ELWES), started having sex with her when she was just 12-years-old. With that revelation putting additional strain on her relationship with Lilly who still doesn't get along with Georgia, the three women try to sort out their feelings toward each other.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Fans of anyone in the cast (particularly Lohan) may want to, but most kids probably won't want to see a film about strained mother/daughter relationships, especially when they involve child molestation and incest.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For sexual content and some language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • JANE FONDA plays the matriarch of the family who lives her life by a strict set of daily timelines. She takes in Rachel for the summer but clashes with her as well as Lilly. She briefly uses strong profanity, attacks Arnold with a baseball bat to make him leave, and is upset when anyone takes the Lord's name in vain.
  • LINDSAY LOHAN plays her granddaughter, a wild 17-year-old who doesn't get along with Lilly and certainly doesn't want to spend the summer with her grandmother. With a reported history of lying, drug and alcohol use, and promiscuity, she flaunts her sexuality (including performing oral sex on Harlan and trying to get Simon to sleep with her), all while claiming her stepfather started having sex with her when she was 12. She uses profanity, some of it strong (and sexual in nature).
  • FELICITY HUFFMAN plays her mother who's upset that she doesn't get along with her daughter or own mother. She relapses into alcoholism upon word of Rachel's claim of incest, and smokes some.
  • DERMOT MULRONEY plays the local veterinarian who also treats humans at his practice. A widower who also lost his son a few years back, he isn't interested in dating anyone and must refuse Rachel's advances toward him. He drinks some.
  • CARY ELWES plays Lilly's husband and Rachel's stepfather, a lawyer who may or may not have had incestuous sex with her starting at the age of 12.
  • GARRETT HEDLUND plays a young Mormon who's set to go out on a two-year journey as a missionary, but finds him questioning his judgment after he fools around with Rachel and thus cheats on his girlfriend who's away at school.
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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this R-rated dramedy. Profanity consists of at least 2 "f" words, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also uttered. Sexually related dialogue and innuendo are present (including talk of a man having sex with his 12-year-old daughter in the past).

    There are several scenes of fooling around, including one involving teens who barely know each other, followed by off-screen female to male oral sex. An older female teen comments in disgust about a younger teen boy having an erection after they end up wrestling on the ground (non-sexually), while she comes on to an older man in his bed (but nothing happens). A middle-aged woman is seen in just her panties outside when her robe and than bra come off (we don't see her breasts), while a large-busted teen shows a lot of cleavage and dresses sexily in the film.

    Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, while those allegations of child molestation and incest add to already established tense family material (strained mother/daughter relationships, while it's noted a man lost his wife and child in a car accident several years ago). There's a brief physical confrontation between a husband and wife, while a woman twice hits a man with a baseball bat, and there's other brief struggling or contact between characters.

    A woman returns to her alcoholic ways, while other drinking and smoking are present, as are comments about a teen using drugs and alcohol in the past. Finally, some of the behavior and dressing styles might be enticing for some kids to imitate.

    Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • We hear that Rachel was smoking "crank" in the 9th grade as well as doing "X" and "K."
  • Rachel asks Harlan if he doesn't drink, smoke, do drugs, or have sex (thinking that's weird).
  • After Lilly sleeps in her own car, Georgia retrieves a bottle of booze from that vehicle.
  • Simon has a beer.
  • Georgia finds the bottle from which Lilly apparently has been drinking, as the latter appears intoxicated. Lilly then trips over a coffee table and falls to the floor. As Georgia and Rachel drag her up the stairs, Lilly says she's going to be sick, but Georgia tells her not on the rug (we don't see her get sick).
  • Georgia buys booze for Lilly at a liquor store (after the latter said she was headed off to buy some), but seems embarrassed about it.
  • We see a beer in front of Simon.
  • Georgia comments on Lilly cutting her own hair, with the latter drunkenly saying it was getting in the way of her drinking. We see many bottles of booze in front of Lilly, and she doesn't mind when Georgia throws all of them out the window. Lilly later tells Simon she needs help to stop drinking, and he agrees to get something for her that will make her sick if she drinks.
  • A song has the lyrics "After all the alcohol, the pretty words that devolve down to slurs and drunken shouts. I don't think I'm ever going to figure it out."
  • We see a beer in front of Simon.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • About some young boys doing as others do, Georgia asks them if everybody took a poop in the middle of main street, would they? They respond they probably would.
  • There's a brief running gag (touched on twice) about an incontinent older woman and her need to pee, with Rachel once holding up an adult diaper.
  • Georgia finds the bottle from which Lilly apparently has been drinking, as the latter appears intoxicated. She then trips over a coffee table and falls to the floor. As Georgia and Rachel drag her up the stairs, Lilly says she's going to be sick, but Georgia tells her not on the rug (we don't see her get sick).
  • Lilly has a slightly bloody lip after tripping on a coffee table and falling to the floor.
  • We hear the sound of Lilly vomiting.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Rachel has a bad attitude toward her mom as well as her grandmother.
  • Some viewers might not like the use of terms such as "nutcase" and "retarded" (the latter used as a non-person adjective).
  • Despite having just smoked before coming inside, Lilly lies to Georgia about not smoking, or drinking in years.
  • Rachel thinks that Simon is gay, and later asks others, "Is he queer or what?"
  • Mad at Simon for not coming on to her while he was in her car (and after she says she hiked up her dress and he didn't even look), Rachel tries to embarrass him when getting out in front of others by saying, "I want my panties back when you're done with them."
  • Rachel and Georgia instantly clash, prompting Georgia to become fed up and tell her, "Go f*ck yourself." Later, Rachel tells her, "No wonder mom hates you."
  • Some viewers might not like the comment, "California. The land of fruits and nuts."
  • Simon is a veterinarian who also treats people (thus breaking the law).
  • Rachel isn't shy about telling Simon he should get on with his life since it's been years since his wife died.
  • Rachel announces to Simon that she was 12 when her stepfather first started having sex with her.
  • Despite knowing he has a girlfriend and is quite religious, Rachel entices Harlan with her sexuality, eventually seducing him into allowing her to perform oral sex on him.
  • Rachel tells Georgia she lied about her incest allegations.
  • Rachel asks Harlan if he doesn't drink, smoke, do drugs, or have sex (thinking that's weird).
  • Following Rachel performing oral sex on Harlan, they go off to see his girlfriend at college where the plan is to tell the girl that they just kissed. Harlan can't lie, however, and tells June, "She gave me oral sex, but we didn't kiss."
  • Some girls throw rolls of toilet paper at Rachel (for having previously performed oral sex on Harlan).
  • A girl yells out the insult "slut" to Rachel (for having previously performed oral sex on Harlan).
  • Arnold cites all of the lies Rachel has told over the years.
  • Rachel admits to Lilly that she lied about Arnold having sex with her when she was 12 (but we later learn she lied about lying just to keep her mom happy in her marriage).
  • While driving home, Lilly realizes Arnold did have sex with Rachel. She yells at him to pull over and after he does, she gets out. He then throws her bags to the side of the road, says that Rachel seduced him, asks what Lilly expected him to do since Lilly was in a drunken stupor, and then says that Rachel enjoyed it. They get into a brief fight and then angrily agree that a court battle looms in the distance.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Mad at Arnold, Lilly throws something at him and then tries to attack him, with him eventually knocking her down to the ground.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • We see Lilly choosing among knives to find one to use on Arnold (for allegedly having sex with Rachel when she was 12), but this is all played lightly on the part of the film.
  • Georgia hits Arnold on the leg with a baseball bat, thrusts one end of that into his gut, and then threatens to smash his expensive sports car if he doesn't leave (he does).
  • Rachel reminds Arnold of the time she had a friend hold a gun to his head to stop his sexual behavior with her (not seen, just referenced).
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Go f*ck yourself," "I will find your boyfriends and I will f*ck them stupid," "If you weren't such a nutcase, we'd be done with this sh*t," "Your Georgia rule bullsh*t," "I'm not eating that sh*t," "Piece of sh*t," "Are you one of those backcountry sodomy boys?" "You don't have to brush your feet after riding me," "I'm really up for a ride," "You don't get a boner in a battle," "Blow-job," "Slut," "I'm in hell," "Old bitch," "C'mon boys, erect me" (nonsexual), "She has gluten pain shooting out of her eyeballs," "You don't look evil," "God lady, you're weird," "California, the land of fruits and nuts," "You're the Antichrist," "Dude," "Are you freaking serious?" "Is he queer or what?" "For a smart girl, you're good at stupid," "Some ass-kicking country music," "You stupid ass," "You're such an idiot," "No good deed goes unpunished," "That's retarded," "This is a damn lie," "Screw your rules," "You cut your hair" (followed by) "It was getting in the way of my drinking," "I screwed it up," "You sick bastard" and "You can bet on it, pervert."
  • Throughout much of the film, Rachel wears outfits (some rather low-cut) that show varying amounts of cleavage (sometimes a lot).
  • Rachel lets herself into Simon's convertible and rides with her feet out over the side, continuing to do so when he asks her to stop.
  • Rachel throws her cell phone from a moving car.
  • Mad at Simon for not coming on to her while he was in her car (and after she says she hiked up her dress and he didn't even look), Rachel tries to embarrass him when getting out in front of others by saying, "I want my panties back when you're done with them."
  • Rachel wears her blouse tied up to reveal her bare midriff.
  • Georgia always wants to wash out the mouths (with soap) of those who take the Lord's name in vain, and we then see Rachel with a bar of soap in her mouth to try to appease her grandmother.
  • Rachel wears a dress where one side is off the shoulder by a quite a bit.
  • Some girls throw rolls of toilet paper at Rachel (for having previously performed oral sex on Harlan).
  • Georgia throws Lilly's various liquor bottles out the window (to get rid of them, and with Lilly's knowledge).
  • Using Harlan's truck, Rachel chases some girls who've been following and/or harassing her. She then tells them if they continue, "I will find your boyfriends and I will f*ck them stupid."
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • A song has the lyrics "After all the alcohol, the pretty words that devolve down. To slurs and drunken shouts. I don't think I'm ever going to figure it out."
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 2 "f" words (1 used sexually), 4 "s" words, 3 damns, 2 asses, 1 hell, 5 uses of "Oh my God," 3 of "G-damn," 2 of "God" and 1 use each of "My God," "Oh Jesus" and "Swear to God."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Throughout much of the film, Rachel wears outfits (some rather low-cut) that show varying amounts of cleavage (sometimes a lot).
  • Harlan finds Rachel sprawled out under a billboard, and after feeling her neck for a pulse, he puts his hand on her chest for a heartbeat, waking her up and startling her. She then asks, "Are you one of those backcountry sodomy boys?"
  • Mad at Simon for not coming on to her while he was in her car (and after she says she hiked up her dress and he didn't even look), Rachel tries to embarrass him when getting out in front of others by saying, "I want my panties back when you're done with them."
  • After Harlan comments on the safety of Rachel compared to riding a horse, Rachel quips, "You don't have to brush off your feet after riding me." Later, she tells another man to tell Harlan, "I'm really up for a ride."
  • Rachel wants to help a young teen with a push lawn mower. He refuses, the two start to struggle over it and end up on the ground. He first pins her, then she does the same to him (straddling him), but then gets up (after Georgia uses a garden hose on both) and exclaims, "You're hard." She then continues, "You don't get a boner in a battle."
  • We see a brief glimpse of part of the side of a man's bare butt as Simon treats him there for a dog bite.
  • Rachel announces to Simon that she was 12 when her stepfather first started having sex with her.
  • We see Arnold shirtless as he kisses Lilly who's in a lingerie style top and bottom. They roll across the bed and off it, landing on the floor where they continue kissing until a phone call interrupts them.
  • About Harlan being scheduled to go off on a two-year journey as a Mormon missionary, Rachel asks if he can have sex on the mission. He says no, that he's waiting until he's married. She asks if he hasn't had sex before and if he's a virgin, with him then asking her and she laughingly replies, "That's funny." She then provocatively asks if he's allowed to look, and he gets even more uncomfortable when she removes her panties from under her dress (they're out in a small boat on a lake). She then asks if he's looked before, and he says he supposes in a magazine, prompting her to tell him he can touch her if he likes. She spreads her legs and he moves his hand toward her. We don't see her privates or the contact, but she looks somewhat uncomfortable and then slams her knees shut with his hand stuck between them. She then says it's her turn and thus goes down toward his crotch and we hear the sound of her unzipping his pants, but don't hear or see anything else. However, we later hear her tell him, "I gave you a blowjob, it wasn't even a date." Due to his religious beliefs, Harlan says the only way God will forgive him is if he marries Rachel, prompting her to say, "No good deed goes unpunished."
  • Rachel asks Harlan if he doesn't drink, smoke, do drugs, or have sex (thinking that's weird).
  • Following Rachel performing oral sex on Harlan, they go off to see his girlfriend at college where the plan is to tell the girl that they just kissed. Harlan can't lie, however, and tells June, "She gave me oral sex, but we didn't kiss."
  • When Lilly says that Arnold loves her (Lilly), Rachel asks if he loves Lilly the way he loves her (Rachel). She then lies by saying he never climbed on top of her, put his hand on her thigh under the table, or put his mouth on her body. She says the abuse took place from the ages of 12 to 14, and that he bought her a car if she'd start again with him (saying she then wrecked the car on purpose).
  • Rachel says that when her stepdad had sex with her, she hated being held, but when he just held her non-sexually, she felt love.
  • We see Lilly's bare midriff as her shirt rides up while Georgia and Rachel drag her up some stairs while she's intoxicated.
  • A girl yells out the insult "slut" to Rachel (for having previously performed oral sex on Harlan).
  • Georgia tries to control Lilly from going to the liquor store, and they end up wrestling out in the front yard. Lilly's robe comes off, exposing her in her bra that then comes off in front of some neighbor boys. We only see her bare back (as well as her lingerie boxer panties) and Georgia hands Lilly her bra (and one of the boys hands the robe to her).
  • Simon and Lilly do some passionate kissing while clothed and standing (knocking things around in his office while up against the wall). They stop, and nothing else happens.
  • Using Harlan's truck, Rachel chases some girls who've been following and/or harassing her. She then tells them if they continue, "I will find your boyfriends and I will f*ck them stupid."
  • Rachel goes to see Arnold in his motel room wearing a sexy dress and acting sexily. She gets on his bed and even slightly spreads her legs trying to entice him, but he won't bite. She then mentions a tape, causing him to think she's wired. As a result, and with her back turned to him, she lifts her dress to reveal her bare back and her small panties. She then lowers that and comments on a friend who videotaped a previous Arnold/Rachel sexual encounter, and comments on Arnold being all sweaty, grunting, and pushing when she was just 14.
  • Rachel comes into Simon's bedroom as he sleeps at night, shirtless. Wearing a lingerie style nightgown (that shows cleavage), she gets into bed with him, puts her head on his chest, and starts kissing him there until he wakes up and gets up (we see him in boxers). He tells her he's never going to have sex with her, although he's thought about it.
  • SMOKING
  • Lilly smokes at least twice (and nearly does so a third, but stops).
  • Rachel asks Harlan if he doesn't drink, smoke, do drugs, or have sex (thinking that's weird).
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Rachel and Lilly don't get along, and we first see that when Rachel walks down a road with Lilly telling her to get in the car. She won't (on the way to Georgia's house), and they continue to bicker, so Lilly drives off.
  • Lilly tells Georgia she hopes it does some good for Rachel to stay with Georgia, prompting Georgia to ask Lilly if it did any good for her (meaning Lilly, but she doesn't respond, thus effectively answering the question).
  • Rachel and Georgia instantly clash, prompting Georgia to become fed up and tell her, "Go f*ck yourself." Later, Rachel tells her, "No wonder mom hates you."
  • We hear that Simon lost his wife and young son in a car accident three years ago.
  • Rachel announces to Simon that she was 12 when her stepfather first started having sex with her.
  • Lilly acts in shock and coolly toward Arnold when she receives word of the incest allegations.
  • Lilly briefly talks about when her dad was dying and she was mad at Georgia for the way she was acting during that time.
  • When Lilly says that Arnold loves her (Lilly), Rachel asks if he loves Lilly the way he loves her (Rachel). She then lies by saying he never climbed on top of her, put his hand on her thigh under the table, or put his mouth on her body. She says the abuse took place from the ages of 12 to 14, and that he bought her a car if she'd start again with him (saying she then wrecked the car on purpose).
  • We hear that Lilly signed a pre-nup with Arnold, meaning she won't get anything should they split up.
  • Lilly announces that she asked Arnold for a divorce.
  • Georgia tells Arnold that if her daughter wasn't in love with him, she (Georgia) would kill him.
  • While driving home, Lilly realizes Arnold did have sex with Rachel. She yells at him to pull over and after he does, she gets out. He then throws her bags to the side of the road, says that Rachel seduced him, asks what Lilly expected him to do since Lilly was in a drunken stupor, and then says that Rachel enjoyed it. They get into a brief physical fight and then angrily agree that a court battle looms in the distance.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Child molestation and incest.
  • Strained mother/daughter relationships.
  • Teens who go wild and turn to drinking, drugs, and promiscuity.
  • Alcoholism.
  • The comment that most friends in time become as useless as relatives.
  • Simon is a veterinarian who also treats people.
  • Simon states he's taking a break from being a Mormon.
  • Georgia's comment that life is less of a surprise when it's on a time schedule.
  • We hear that Lilly signed a pre-nup with Arnold, meaning she won't get anything should they split up.
  • VIOLENCE
  • Harlan finds Rachel sprawled out under a billboard, and after feeling her neck for a pulse, he puts his hand on her chest for a heartbeat, waking her up and startling her. She screams and that causes him to back up in a hurry and he hits his head on a sign in the process.
  • Rachel wants to help a young teen with a push lawn mower. He refuses, the two start to struggle over it and end up on the ground. He first pins her, then she does the same to him (straddling him), but then gets up (after Georgia uses a garden hose on both) and exclaims, "You're hard." She then continues, "You don't get a boner in a battle."
  • Rachel hits Simon with a small bag of fish while upset with him.
  • Lilly repeatedly slams a CD onto her dashboard, breaking the disc that she then throws out the window as she drives.
  • Lilly has a slightly bloody lip after tripping on a coffee table and falling to the floor.
  • Georgia tries to control Lilly from going to the liquor store, and they end up wrestling out in the front yard (played lightly).
  • Georgia throws Lilly's various liquor bottles out the window (to get rid of them, and with Lilly's knowledge).
  • Georgia purposefully opens her screen door into Arnold.
  • Georgia hits Arnold on the leg with a baseball bat, thrusts one end of that into his gut, and then threatens to smash his expensive sports car if he doesn't leave (he does).
  • Mad at Arnold, Lilly throws something at him and then tries to attack him, with him eventually knocking her down to the ground.



  • Reviewed May 8, 2007 / Posted May 11, 2007

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