Here, under 'Georgia rule', Rachel encounters a hard-working ethos and a no-nonsense attitude. Gradually the three gals learn to understand each other and earn compassion for each other's colourful ways.
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Well yes, there is booze, there is sex, there is a troubled teen and old Lindsay probably did not have to stretch a million miles form her own self to play this part, but wow, she is good. Very good. It is not hard to see that Lohan has real talent, as was also evident in the excellent Mean Girls, if she could only get off the piss in real life! A myriad of white dresses and leggy shots later, she remains convincing and compelling throughout. When renegade teenager Lohan is sent by her mother to deeply moralistic Idaho for the summer, the town whips itself up into a bit of a frenzy. The other teenage girls are terrified for the sanctity of their boyfriends, the mysterious vet in mourning is forced to confront his past and the hunky Mormon farm boy has his Christian ideals pushed to the limit by Lohan as saucy temptress.
Felicity Hoffman as the pained angsty mother is also very good. Her demise over the course the film from pristine professional women in pencil skirted power suits to alcoholic sloth is for the most part believable and heart felt. Apart from the always ghastly “acting drunk” scenes, she too is believable and easy to watch, as she struggles to deal with her renegade daughter and her allegations of sexual impropriety by her step father, Huffman’s husband, the portly Cary Elwes of Princess Bride fame.
Jane Fonda plays Huffman’s mother Georgia, the feisty southern matriarch, who governs her home and family under the premise of Georgia Rule, a strict set of moral codes. Having a dysfunctional and troubled relationship with her own daughter (Huffman), she is then charged with the care of her grand daughter for the summer in small town Idaho. As you would expect from chick flick king director Garry Marshall ( Pretty Woman, Beaches, Runaway Bride), revelation and redemption transpire as the film progresses, and the three generations of women grow together through the highs and lows of the story. But with only a light application of cheese and a firm layer of humour coupled with some very good writing, it’s a much better tale than you might expect.
This is a story of secrets, half truths and small town gossip. It is a story of inter-generational hang ups, familial bonds and new beginnings. For me it was also a story about not judging an actress by the trashy glossies in which she appears.
Reviewed by Philippa Rennie
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From the previews I thought this was going to be a funny film about family relationships breaking down and being built up again so I was VERY surprised when the story took a turn to be about child molestation.
It wasn't badly acted or written but I guess I just wasn't prepared for the subject matter.